Friday, July 1, 2011

Gloria Prima et Primae Proxima

This poem comes from the Silva distichorum moralium by François Oudin (1719).

Gloria Prima et Primae Proxima
Prima placere bonis est gloria; proxima primae,
Nec minor, insontem displicuisse malis.

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

displiceō, displicēre, displicui: displease, dissatisfy
insons (insontis): innocent, harmless

bonus -a -um: good
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
minus -oris n.: a smaller number or amount, less; (adv.) minus: to a smaller extent, less
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
placeō placēre placuī placitum: please
prīmus -a -um: first; adv. prīmum: at first, firstly
prope: near, next; (comp.) propior, (superl.) proximus; (adv.) propē, nearly, almost
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist