Monday, April 30, 2012

Qui Vult Esse Altus, Sit Humilis

Here is today's distich by Michele Verinus:

Qui Vult Esse Altus, Sit Humilis
Esto humilis, quisquis fieri cupis incola caeli;
Fastus Tartareis excruciatur aquis.

Here is the vocabulary:

qui - who, which, that
volo - want, wish, will
sum - be, exist
altus - high, tall, loft
humilis - lowly, humble, obscure
quisquis - whoever
fio - become, be made, happen
cupio - desire, yearn
incola - resident
caelum - sky, heaven
fastus - contempt, disdain, arrogance
Tartareus - belonging to the underworld
excrucior - torture, torment
aqua - water