Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quomodo Homo Nobilitatur?

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

Quomodo Homo Nobilitatur?
Non pater et mater dant nobilitatis honores;
Moribus at vita nobilitatur homo.

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

nōbilitas (nōbilitātis, f.): excellence, nobility, rank
nōbilitō, nōbilitāre: ennoble, make famous

at: but, but yet
dō dare dedī datum: give
homo hominis m.: human being
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
māter mātris f.: mother
mōs mōris m.: custom, habit; (pl.) character
nōn: not
pater patris m.: father, ancestor
vīta -ae f.: life