Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Auxilium a notis...

Here is today's distich by Cato (so-called), 4.13, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Auxilium a notis petito, si forte labores;
Nec quisquam melior medicus quam fidus amicus.

When sick, from friends seek thou relief: Be sure.
Thy trusted friend can give thee certain cure.

In straits ask those you know their aid to lend;
No doctor can surpass a trusty friend.

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:

fīdus -a -um - faithful, loyal, trusting
medicus, medicī m. - physician, doctor

ā, ab, abs: from, by (+abl.)
amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
auxilium -ī n.: support, assistance; (pl.) auxiliary forces
fors, fortis f.: chance
labōro -āre: toil, work; be in trouble
melior -ius: better
neque, nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nōsco nōscere nōvī nōtum: learn, know
peto -ere petīvī petītum: seek, aim at
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
quis- quicquam/quidquam: any (single) person, anyone at all
sī: if