Thursday, May 5, 2011

Leges et Lites

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

Leges et Lites
Filia lex litis, bona filia, pessima mater;
Filia lis legis, mater bona, pessima nata.

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

līs (lītis, f.): lawsuit, quarrel
pessimus, -a, -um: worst

bonus -a -um: good
filia -ae f.; filius -ī m.: daughter; son
lēx lēgis: f. law
māter mātris f.: mother
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born

(illustration for Dickens' Bleak House)

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