Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gaude Potius

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Gaude Potius
Ereptis opibus, noli maerere dolendo,
Sed gaude potius, tibi si contingat habere.

When wealth takes wings thou shouldst not then repine;
Rejoice the more that anything is thine.

When Robbed of wealth, in anguish sorrow not:
Rather rejoice in what falls to thy lot.

Source: The Distichs of Cato (4th century), 4.35, with English translations by Duff and Chase. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word not on the list:

maereo, maerēre - grieve, be sad, bewail

doleo -ēre doluī: feel pain or grief, grieve
ēripio -ere -ripuī -reptum: snatch away, rescue, save
gaudeo -ēre gāvīsus sum: rejoice
habeo -ēre -uī habitum: have, hold
nōlo nōlle, nōluī: be unwilling
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
potis -e: powerful, able
sed: but
sī: if
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)