Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Si sanctos sequeris...

Here is today's Rhyming Distich, and here are some more posts with Rhyming Distichs. This little poem is from Gartner's Dicteria Proverbialia (1598).

Si sanctos sequeris, sanctus sic efficieris,
Sed perverteris, si perversos comiteris.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words which are not on the DCC list:

comitor, -ārī - accompany, go along with
perverto -ere, pervertī, perversum - overthrow, ruin, turn askew

efficio -ficere -fēcī -fectum: bring about, complete; render (+ ut + subj.)
sānctus -a -um: sacred, inviolable
sed: but
sequor sequī secūtus sum: follow
sī: if
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut, in the same way as