Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nulla Dies Sine Linea

This little poem comes from the distichs of Publius Faustus Andrelinus (c. 1460-1518). You can find his hecatodistichon, his "hundred distichs," at Google Books.

Nulla Dies Sine Linea
Nulla dies abeat quin linea ducta supersit;
Non decet ignavum praeteriisse diem.

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:

ignāvus -a -um - lazy, idle, useless
līnea f. - line
praetereō -īre -iī -itum: pass, pass over

abeō -īre -iī -itum: go away
decet decēre decuīt: it becomes, it behooves (+ acc. of person, or infinitive)
diēs diēī m./f.: day
dūcō dūcere dūxī ductum: lead; uxōrem dūcere, marry
nōn: not
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
quīn: (adv.) indeed, in fact; (conjunction) so that . . . not (+ subj.)
sine: without (+ abl.)
supersum -esse -fuī: be above; remain, survive

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