Saturday, June 2, 2012

Iustum Petito


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Iustum Petito
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.
(Duff)

Ask what is right or fair to human eye:
Fools ask what others rightly may deny.
(Chase)

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


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