Monday, May 28, 2012

Grata et Ingrata

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Grata et Ingrata
Quae tibi sunt ingrata, aliis ne feceris umquam:
   Fac aliis contra, quae tibi grata forent.

: Urbano Appendini (1777-1834), De Educatione Disticha. Meter: Elegiac. This poem depends on the contrast between ingrata in the first line and grata in the second line.

The things which are unwelcome to you (quae sunt ingrata tibi) you should not ever do (ne umquam feceris) to others (aliis): rather (contra) do unto others (fac aliis) the things which would be welcome to you (quae forent grata tibi).

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

alius -a -um: other, another; alias: at another time
contrā: against, opposite (adv. and prep. +acc.)
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
ingrātus -a -um: unpleasant, disagreeable
nē: lest, that not
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
umquam: ever

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