Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Contra Mercatores

Here is today's distich by Michele Verinus:

Contra Mercatores
Per mare, per terras, mercator quaeritat aurum:
Tu caeli aeternas, stulte, relinquis opes.

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

mercātor, mercātōris m. - trader, merchant
quaeritō, -āre - seek, keep on seeking, look for
stultus -a -um - foolish, fool

aeternus -a -um: everlasting, eternal
aurum -ī n.: gold
caelum -ī n.: sky, heavens
contrā: against, opposite (adv. and prep. +acc.)
mare -is f.: sea
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
per: through (+acc.)
relinquō -linquere -līquī -lictum: abandon
terra -ae f.: land
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)