Saturday, April 21, 2012

Qui Petit Immeritum

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Qui Petit Immeritum
Qui petit immeritum, non debet habere petitum;
Si peto plus merito, careo de iure petito.

Source: Florilegium Gottingense (ed. Voigt), 191. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhymes: immeritum-petitum and merito-petito.

He who seeks what he doesn't deserve (qui petit immeritum) should not get (non debet habere) what he asked for (petitum); if I seek (si peto) more than what I deserve (plus merito), it is right (de iure) that I don't get my request (careo petito).

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is just one word not on the DCC list:

immeritus, -a, -um: undeserved, undeserving

careō -ēre -uī: lack (+ abl.)
dē: down from, about, concerning (+ abl.)
dēbeō dēbēre dēbuī dēbitum: owe, be obliged
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
iūs iūris n.: right, justice, law
mereō merēre meruī meritum: deserve, merit; serve as a soldier
nōn: not
petō petere petīvī petītum: seek, aim at
plūs plūris n.: a greater amount or number, more
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sī: if

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