Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nil Amicitia Gratius

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Nil Amicitia Gratius
Ad bene vivendum quidquid natura paravit,
   Nil datum amicitia gratius est homini.

Source: Urbano Appendini (1777-1834), De Educatione Disticha. Meter: Elegiac.

Whatever Nature has provided (quidquid natura paravit) for living well (ad bene vivendum), nothing has been given to man (nil datum est homini) more welcome than friendship (gratius amicitiā).

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list!

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
amīcitia -ae f.: friendship
bene: well
dō dare dedī datum: give
grātus -a -um: pleasant; grateful
homo hominis m.: human being
nātūra -ae f.: nature
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
parō -āre: prepare, acquire; parātus -a -um, ready
quisquis quidquid: whoever, whichever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

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