Quod iustum est, petito, vel quod videatur honestum;
Nam stultum petere est, quod possit iure negari.
Ask what is right and fair, no more beside;
'Tis vain to crave what may be well denied.
Ask what is right or fair to human eye:
Fools ask what others rightly may deny.
Source: The Distichs of Cato (4th century), 1.31. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the use of the future imperative: petito.
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:
stultus, -a, -um: foolish, silly
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
iūs iūris n.: right, justice, law
iūstus -a -um: right, just, fair
nam: for, indeed, really
nego -āre: deny, refuse
peto -ere petīvī petītum: seek, aim at
possum posse potuī: be able
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vel: or else, or; even; vel . . . vel, either… or
video -ēre vīdī vīsum: see