Monday, March 26, 2012

Pericula Magna

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Pericula Magna
Qui nimis alta petit, nec magna pericula credit,
In magis ima cadit, seque in discrimina tradit.

Source: Philosophia Patrum (ed. Wegeler), 1038. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhymes: petit-credit and cadit-tradit.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

discrīmen (discrīminis, n.): division, crisis, danger

altus -a -um: high, lofty; deep
cado cadere cecidī cāsum: fall, be killed
crēdo -ere crēdidī crēditum: believe
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
īnferus -a -um: low; īnferior, lower; īnfimus or īmus, lowest
magis: more
māgnus -a -um great
neque, nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nimius -a -um: too much, excessive; nimis or nimium, excessively
perīculum -ī n.: danger
peto -ere petīvī petītum: seek, aim at
que: and (enclitic)
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
trādo -ere -didī -ditum: hand over, yield