Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hominis Crimina

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Hominis Crimina
Dilige sic homines, ut eorum crimina vites,
Oderis et culpas, non illum, qui facit ipsas.

Source: Philosophia Patrum (ed. Wegeler), 243. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter.  Note the weak rhymes: homines-vites and culpas-ipsas.

Love people (dilige homines) in such a way (sic) that you avoid their faults (ut vites eorum crimina) and detest their crimes (et oderis culpas) but not him who commited them (non illum qui facit ipsas).

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

crīmen -inis n.: verdict, accusation
culpa -ae f.: guilt, fault, blame
dīligō -ligere -lēxī -lēctum: choose, cherish, love
et: and
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
homo hominis m.: human being
ille illa illud: that
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
is ea id: he, she, it
nōn: not
ōdī ōdisse: hate
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
vītō -āre: avoid, shun

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