Wednesday, July 27, 2011


This is a poem from the Stichostratia by Jean Girard Jean, published in 1552; you can read the book online.

Tarda equitans abit ipse gravis testudine morbus,
Qui venit celeri nave, superbo et equo.

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

equitō, equitāre: ride on horseback
testūdo (testūdinis, f.): tortoise, turtle

abeō -īre -iī -itum: go away
celer -is -e: swift; adv. celeriter
equus -ī m.: horse
et: and
gravis -e: heavy
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
morbus -ī m.: sickness, disease
nāvis -is f.: ship
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
superbus -a -um: overbearing, proud, haughty
tardus -a -um: slow, sluggish, lingering
veniō venīre vēnī ventum: come