Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quae Carent Effectu, Tentanda Non Sunt

Here is today's distich by Michele Verinus:

Quae Carent Effectu, Tentanda Non Sunt
Quae fieri nequeunt, prorsus tentare recuses;
Ingenii debes pondus habere tui.

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:

nequeo, -īre, nequīvī - be unable, cannot
prorsus - forwards, directly, certainly, exactly
recūsō, -āre - reject, refuse, object

dēbeō dēbēre dēbuī dēbitum: owe, be obliged
fīō fierī factus sum: become
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
ingenium -ī n.: disposition, ability, talent
pondus ponderis n.: weight
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
tentō -āre: try, test
tuus -a -um: your