Friday, May 25, 2012

Si Quis Loquatur


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Si Quis Loquatur
Ne cures, si quis tacito sermone loquatur:
Conscius ipse sibi de se putat omnia dici.

Reck not of what the whispering lip lets fall:
Self-conscious men think they're the talk of all.
(Duff)

`T is self-conceit the whisperer to mind,
As if what's whispered were for thee designed.
(Chase)

Source: The Distichs of Cato (4th century), 1.17 with English translations by Duff and Chase. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. 

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

conscius -a -um - self-knowing, conscious

aliquis -quae -quod: some, any; si quis, si quid: anyone who, anything that
cūro -āre: care for (+ acc.)
dē: down from, about, concerning (+ abl.)
dīco dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
ipse, ipsa, ipsum: him- her- itself
loquor loquī locūtus sum: speak, talk
nē: lest, that not
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
puto -āre: think, suppose
sermo -ōnis m.: conversation, discourse
sī: if
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
taceo -ēre -uī -itum: be silent; tacitus -a -um, silent


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