Friday, May 25, 2012

Amicus Pauper

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Amicus Pauper
Exiguum munus cum dat tibi pauper amicus,
Accipito laetus, plene et laudare memento.

When your poor friend gives of his poverty,
Accept well pleased and thank him handsomely.

Thy poor friend's present from his scanty store,
Take gratefully as if the gift were more.

Source: The Distichs of Cato (4th century), 1.20. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the future imperatives: accipito and memento.

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:

exiguus, -a, -um: small, paltry, scanty

accipio -cipere -cēpī -ceptum: receive
amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
do dare dedī datum: give
et: and
laetus -a -um: glad, joyful
laudo -āre: praise
meminī meminisse: remember, recollect
mūnus mūneris n.: gift, offering
pauper -eris: poor, lowly
plēnus -a -um: full
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)