Friday, June 8, 2012

Avara Volucris

This is a distich from Daniël Heinsius' emblem collection entitled Quaeris quid sit amor? (sometimes also titled: Emblemata amatoria) published c. 1601. You can find the book online at the Emblem Project Utrecht.

Servitii causam praestat sibi avara Volucris:
Nec culpa huic, culpae nec sua poena deest.

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

avārus -a -um - greedy, stingy, miser
servitium, servitiī n. - servitude, slavery

causa -ae f.: cause, reason
culpa -ae f.: guilt, fault, blame
dēsum -esse -fuī: be lacking
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
poena -ae f.: penalty, punishment
praestō -stāre -stitī -stitum: excel, exhibit
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
volucer -cris -cre: flying; volucris -is m./f.: bird

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