Monday, May 28, 2012

Pauper Semper

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Pauper Semper
Semper pauper eris, si pauper es, Aemiliane:
   dantur opes nullis nunc nisi divitibus.

Poor once and poor forever, Nat, I fear;
None but the rich get place and pension here.
(N.B. Halhed)

Source: Martial (40 - c.104), Epigrammata, 5.81. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

Aemiliānus (Aemiliānī, m.): Aemilianus

dīves, dīvitis: rich (poet. dīs, dītis)
do dare dedī datum: give
nisi/nī: if not, unless
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
nunc: now
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
pauper -eris: poor, lowly
semper: always, ever
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist