Sunday, July 22, 2012

Voluptatis Semita, et Virtutis

This poem is from a book entitled Adagiorum Maxime Vulgarium Thesaurus, first published in 1730.

Voluptatis Semita, et Virtutis
Blanda voluptatis, virtutis dura videtur
Semita, dum primo limine cernit homo.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

blandus, -a, -um: alluring, charming
sēmita (sēmitae, f.): path

cernō cernere crēvī crētum: discern, separate
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
dūrus -a -um: hard, tough, harsh
homo hominis m.: human being
līmen līminis n.: threshold
prīmus -a -um: first; adv. prīmum: at first, firstly
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue
voluptās -ātis f.: pleasure enjoyment

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