Friday, May 20, 2011

Tu Qui Disticha Carpis

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Tu Qui Disticha Carpis
Nullius ingenii tamquam sint disticha carpis;
Tu nil cum scribas, quale tibi ingenium est?

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

carpō, carpere: pick, pluck, criticize
distichum (distichī, n.): distich, two-line poem

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
ingenium -ī n.: disposition, ability, talent
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
quālis -e: of what kind? what?
scrībō scrībere scrīpsī scrīptum: write
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tamquam: so as, just as
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)