Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ad Ponticum

This is a poem by John Dunbar (c. 1585 - 1626), a Scottish neo-Latin poet. You can read more about Dunbar at Dana Sutton's online edition of Dunbar's epigrammatic poetry.

Ad Ponticum
Vestem saepe novam quam te delectat habere!
Non vestem, at vitam, Pontice, sume novam.

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

dēlectō, dēlectāre: delight, charm
Ponticus (Ponticī, m.): Ponticus

at: but, but yet
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
nōn: not
novus -a -um: new
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
saepe: often
sūmō sūmere sūmpsī sūmptum: take up
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vestis -is f.: garment, robe, clothing
vīta -ae f.: life