Friday, May 13, 2011

Amor Amaror

This little poem is from Giuseppe Gatti's Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi, published in 1703.

Amor Amaror
Dic mihi, quid sit amor? Nihil est, nisi mentis amaror;
Dulcia promittens, cogit acerba pati.

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

acerbus, -a, -um: bitter, harsh, grievous
amāror (amārōris, m.): bitter taste, bitterness

amor -ōris m.: love
cōgō cōgere coēgī coāctum: drive together; compel
dīcō dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
dulcis -e: sweet
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
mēns mentis f.: mind
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nisi/nī: if not, unless
patior patī passus sum: permit, endure
prōmittō -mittere -mīsī -missum: send forth, offer
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist