Saturday, March 17, 2012

Utile consilium...

Here is today's distich by Cato (so-called), 3.10, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Utile consilium dominus ne despice servi;
Si prodest, sensum nullius tempseris umquam.

Thy slave's wise counsel, do not proudly scorn
But prize good sense e'en in the lowly born.

Sound counsel from your slave do not despise:
Spurn no man's view at all, if it is wise.

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:

dēspicio, -ere, dēspexī, dēspectum - look down on, despise
temno, -ere - scorn, despise
cōnsilium -ī n.: plan; council, group of advisors
dominus -ī m.; domina -ae f.: household master, lord; mistress
nē: lest, that not
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
prōsum -desse -fuī: be of use, do good, help (+ dat.)
sēnsus -ūs m.: feeling, emotion, sense
servus -ī m.: slave
sī: if
umquam: ever
utilis -e: useful