Sunday, July 15, 2012


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Quid Sum?
Dum nihil ipse vides, facio te multa videre;
Lumina ni claudat, me quoque nemo videt.

Source: Nicolaus Reusnerus (1545-1602), Aenigmata, 162. Meter: Elegiac. Somnus is the answer to this riddle.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

claudō claudere clausī clausum: close, shut
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
lūmen luminis n.: light
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nisi/nī: if not, unless
quoque: also, too
somnus -ī m.: sleep, slumber; (pl.) dreams
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see

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