Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dei Amor et Timor

This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is by Bernardus Bauhusius (1575-1619).

Dei Amor et Timor
Ut fugiam scelus omne, et amem super omnia numen,
Da mihi frena, Timor, da mihi calcar, Amor.

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

frēnum (frēnī, n.): bridle, reins
calcar (calcāris, n.): spur, stimulus

amō -āre: to love; amans -ntis m./f.: lover
amor -ōris m.: love
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dō dare dedī datum: give
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
et: and
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
nūmen -inis n.: divine will, deity
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
scelus -eris n.: crime, sin
super: over (adv. and prep. +acc.)
timor -ōris m.: fear
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)