Sunday, May 20, 2012

Quando conspicio damnum...

Here is another Rhyming Distich, and here are some more posts with Rhyming Distichs. This one is from Zacher's Altfranzösische Sprichwörter.

Quando conspicio damnum, tristis mage fio,
Sed dum non video, non nimium doleo.

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

conspicio -ere -spēxī -spectum: catch sight of, behold
damnum -ī n.: damage, injury
doleo -ēre doluī: feel pain or grief, grieve
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
fīo fierī factus sum: become
magis: more
nimius -a -um: too much, excessive; nimis or nimium, excessively
nōn: not
quandō: when?
sed: but
tristis -e: sad, solemn, grim
video -ēre vīdī vīsum: see