Thursday, July 19, 2012

Initium Est Necessarium


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Initium Est Necessarium
Omnia principiis constant; coepisse necesse est:
Quidquid ages, coeptas res iuvat ipse deus.


Source: Johann Glandorp (1501-1564), Disticha, 191. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

necessārius, -a, -um: essential, necessary

agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
coepī coepisse coeptus: have begun
cōnstō -stāre -stitī: agree; constat, it is established that (+ infin.)
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
initium -iī n.: beginning
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
iuvō iuvāre iūvī iūtum: help, assist; please, delight
necesse (indecl. adj.): necessary
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
principium -iī n.: beginning
quisquis quidquid: whoever, whichever
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist


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