Friday, July 20, 2012

Similis Similem Sibi Quaerit

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Similis Similem Sibi Quaerit
Talis semper eris, consortia qualia quaeris;
Sic fuit, est, et erit: similis similem sibi quaerit.

Source: Josephus Perez (1627-1694), Hortulus Carminum. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhyme (based on medieval pronunciation): eris-quaeris and erit-quaerit.

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:

consortium (consortiī, n.): fellowship, association

et: and
quaerō -rere -sīvī-situm: seek, inquire
quālis -e: of what kind? what?
semper: always, ever
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
similis -e: like, similar
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tālis tale: such

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