Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quid Saxo Magis Durum?

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Quid Saxo Magis Durum?
Quid magis est durum saxo, quid mollius unda?
Dura tamen molli saxa cavantur aqua.

Source: Adagiorum Maxime Vulgarium Thesaurus (1730). 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:

cavō, cavāre: hollow out, carve

aqua -ae f. water
dūrus -a -um: hard, tough, harsh
magis: more
mollis -e: soft, yielding, gentle
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
saxum -ī n.: rock, cliff, crag
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tamen: nevertheless, still
unda -ae f.: wave, flowing water, water

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