Monday, February 20, 2012

Damnatus Inique

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Damnatus Inique
Esto animo forti, cum sis damnatus inique;
Nemo diu gaudet, qui iudice vincit iniquo.

Bear with brave spirit every unjust wrong;
The joy that's won unfairly lasts not long.

When judged unfairly, your own courage trust:
None long has joy who wins through judge unjust.

Source: The Distichs of Cato (4th century), 2.14. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the use of the future imperative: esto.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

inīquus, -a, -um: unequal, unjust, unfair; adv. inique

animus -ī m.: spirit, mind
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
damno -āre: condemn
diū: for a long time
fortis -e: brave
gaudeo -ēre gāvīsus sum: rejoice
iūdex iūdicis m.: judge, juror
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vinco vincere vīcī victum: conquer