Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mora Commoda

This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is by Henricus Stephanus (c.1528-1598).

Mora Commoda
Est mora consilium capienti commoda: contra,
Consilii semper paenituit celeris.

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

commodus, -a, -um: suitable, proper, convenient
paeniteo, paenitēre, paenitui: displease, make sorry

capiō capere cēpī captum: seize
celer -is -e: swift; adv. celeriter
cōnsilium -ī n.: plan; council, group of advisors
contrā: against, opposite (adv. and prep. +acc.)
mora -ae f.: delay, hindrance
semper: always, ever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist