Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ut Ne Quid Dedeceat

Here is an emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:91, with an English rendering by George Wither.

Ut Ne Quid Dedeceat
Ne quid dedeceat, facto caveamus in omni,
Apta rei caput est, tempora nosse, suae.

In all thine Actions, have a care
That no unseemlinesse appeare.


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:

dēdecet - it is unbecoming, unseemly

aliquis -quae -quod: some, any; si quis, si quid: anyone who, anything that
aptus -a -um: fit, suitable
caput capitis n.: head
caveō cavēre cāvī cautum: be on guard, beware
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
nē: lest, that not
nōscō nōscere nōvī nōtum: learn, know
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
reus -ī m.: defendant
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tempus -oris n.: time
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)

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