Friday, July 29, 2011


This is a poem from John Stradling's Epigrammatum Libri Quattuor, publishing in 1607. You can read the book online at Dana Sutton's website.

Quando modum mediumque fugit, vanisque quiescit
Religio in rebus, facta superstitio 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:

religio (religiōnis, f.): obligation, reverence, religion
superstitio (superstitiōnis, f.): superstition, irrational dread

faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
medius -a -um: middle, central
modus -ī m.: measure, manner, kind
quandō: when?; since; si quando: if ever
que (enclitic) - and
quiēscō quiēscere quiēvī quiētum: keep quiet; sleep
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
vanus -a -um: empty; false, deceitful

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