Saturday, July 21, 2012
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.
Casibus adversis fracta qui mente recumbit,
Fortuna ignorat dexteriore frui.
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:
ignōrō, ignōrāre: to not know, be ignorant
recumbō, recumbere: lie down, sink, fall
adversus -a -um: facing, opposed; unfavorable; adversus (-um): (adv. and prep.) facing, opposite, against, opposed (to)
cāsus -ūs m.: a fall; chance, accident;
dexter -tra -trum: right; dextera -ae f.: right hand
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
frangō frangere frēgī frāctum: break, shatter
fruor fruī frūctus sum: enjoy
mēns mentis f.: mind
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?