Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Neque Decipere Neque Decipi

This poem is by the 12th-century poet Godfrey of Winchester:

Neque Decipere Neque Decipi
Nullum decipias, non decipiaris ab ullo;
Fallere vel falli, Pirame, par vitium est.

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

dēcipiō, dēcipere: trick, trap, deceive
Pīramus (Pīramī, m.): Piramus

ā ab abs: from, by (+abl.)
fallō fallere fefellī falsum: deceive
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nōn: not
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
pār paris: equal
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūllus -a -um: any, anyone
vel: or else, or; even; vel . . . vel: either… or
vitium -ī n.: flaw, fault, crime