Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dei Donum Fides

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Dei Donum Fides
Desine cur videat nemo sine numine numen
   Mirari; solem quis sine sole videt?

Source: Iacobus Lectius (c.1556-1611), in Nihus (1642). Meter: Elegiac. Note how the clause started in the first line carries over to the second line: desine mirari cur (indirect question). I also like the sound play with nemo - numine - numen.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

cūr: why?
dēsinō -sinere -sīvī -situm: leave off, cease
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
donum -ī n.: gift, present
fidēs -eī f.: trust, faith
mīror mīrārī mīrātus sum: wonder at, marvel at (+ acc.)
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
nūmen -inis n.: divine will, deity
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sine: without (+ abl.)
sōl sōlis m.: sun
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see

Faith is a Gift of God
Cease to wonder (desine mirari) why no one can see the divine (cur nemo videat numen) without divine help (sine numine); who can see the sun (quis videt solem) without the sun? (sine sole)

Desine ~ cur vide~at ne~mo sine ~ numine ~ numen
   Mira~ri; so~lem | quis sine ~ sole vi~det?

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