Friday, June 8, 2012


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.

Te nutriunt, Salamandra, ignes, quae cetera perdunt;
Alterius nobis vivere morte datum est.

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

nūtriō, -īre, nūtrīvī, nūtrītum - nourish, feed, foster
salamandra, f. - salamander

alter altera alterum: other of two
cēterus -a -um: the others, the rest; adv. cēterum: for the rest, in addition, however, that may be
dō dare dedī datum: give
īgnis -is m.: fire
mors mortis f.: death
nōs nostrum/nostrī nobis nōs: we
perdō -dere -didī -ditum: destroy
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

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