Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sapientia et Caritas

Here is today's distich by Michele Verinus. The message is that both wisdom and love become greater in the giving, but lesser if kept shut away.

Sapientia Docendo, Caritas Dando Fit Maior
Ut caritas dando, sic fit sapientia maior;
Clausa minor nobis, largius ergo dabis.

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

cāritas, cāritātis f. - dearness, esteem, love, charity
largus -a -um - abundant, plentiful, bountiful

claudō claudere clausī clausum: close, shut
dō dare dedī datum: give
ergo: therefore
et: and
fīō fierī factus sum: become
māior -ius: greater, older; maiōres -um: ancestors
minus -oris n.: a smaller number or amount, less; (adv.) minus: to a smaller extent, less
nōs nostrum/nostrī nobis nōs: we
sapientia -ae f.: wisdom
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)