Friday, June 8, 2012

Sero Detrectat Onus Qui Subiit

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.

Sero Detrectat Onus Qui Subiit
Frustra tento oneri me iam subducere: frustra
Iam iuga detrectant, quae subiere boves.


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

dētrectō, - āre - decline, reject, refuse
sērus -a -um - late, too late, slow; adv. sero
subdūcō, -ere, subdūxī, suductum - lift up, raise, remove

bōs bovis m.: ox; gen. pl. boum
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
frūstrā: in vain
iam: now; already
iugum -ī n.: yoke; ridge, chain of hills
onus oneris n.: load, burden
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
subeō -īre -iī -itum: go under; endure
tentō -āre: try, test

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