Friday, April 6, 2012

Quod donare potes...

Here is today's distich by Cato (so-called), 4.8, with English translations by Duff and Chase.

Quod donare potes, gratis concede roganti;
Nam recte fecisse bonis, in parte lucrorum est.

Give as thou canst to those who ask, for know
Thou didst well gain when thou didst well bestow.

Give gratis what you can upon request:
Befriending friends may be as gain assessed.

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:

lūcrum, n. - profit, gain

bonus -a -um: good
concēdo -cēdere -cessī -cessum: yield, withdraw
dōno -āre: present with a gift (+ acc. of person and abl. of thing)
facio facere fēcī factum: do, make
grātia -ae f.: favor, influence, gratitude
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
nam: for, indeed, really
pars, partis f.: part
possum posse potuī: be able
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
rectus -a -um: straight, direct
rogo -āre: ask
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist