Saturday, April 7, 2012

Quales Principes, Tales Populi

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Quales Principes, Tales Populi
Si studia et mores populi cognoscere curas,
   Res facilis: vitam principis inspicias.

Source: Michaelis Verinus (c.1469-c.1487), Disticha. Meter: Elegiac.

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

If you endeavor to know (si curas cognoscere) the desires and morals of the people (studia et mores populi), it's an easy thing (res facilis): you should examine (inspicias) the ruler's life (vitam principis).

inspiciō, inspicere: examine, inspect, look at

cōgnōscō -gnōscere -gnōvī -gnitum: learn, understand
cūrō -āre: care for (+ acc.)
et: and
facilis -e: easy
mōs mōris m.: custom, habit; (pl.) character
populus -ī m.: people
prīnceps -cipis: first, chief
quālis -e: of what kind? what?
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sī: if
studium -ī n.: eagerness, zeal
tālis tale: such
vīta -ae f.: life

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