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.

You will also be such (talis semper eris) as the company you seek (consortia qualia quaeris); thus it was, is, and will be (sic fuit, est, et erit): like seeks like itself (similis similem sibi 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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