Thursday, June 9, 2011

Consilium Vertere

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Consilium Vertere
Errare est hominis, sed non persistere; saepe
Optimus est portus vertere consilium.

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

persistō, persistere: continue steadfastly, persist
portus (portūs, m.): harbor, haven, port

cōnsilium -ī n.: plan; council, group of advisors
errō -āre: go astray, wander
homo hominis m.: human being
nōn: not
optimus -a -um: best, excellent; adv. optimē
saepe: often
sed: but
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vertō vertere vertī versum: turn