Monday, May 2, 2011

Nomen Honestum Noli Amittere

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

Nomen Honestum Noli Amittere
Heu mihi, quam facile est amittere nomen honestum!
Quod perit, est ingens id reparare labor.

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

heu: oh, ah, alas
reparō, reparāre: restore, repair

āmittō -mittere -mīsī -missum: let go, send away
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
facilis -e: easy
honestus -a -um: honorable
ingēns ingentis: huge, enormous
is ea id: he, she, it
labor -ōris m.: toil, exertion
nōlō nōlle nōluī: be unwilling
nōmen -inis n.: name
pereō -īre -iī -itum: perish, be lost
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist