Sunday, May 20, 2012


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Si mala quis faciat, sibimet solet ipse nocere;
Eius in exemplo debes nocitura timere.

Source: Proverbia Rusticorum Versificata (ed. Zacher), 248. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note that quis here has the sense of aliquis, and sibimet is an emphatic form of sibi.

If anyone does evil things (si qui faciat mala), he usually does harm (ipse solet nocere) to himself (sibimet); based on his example (in eius exemplo), you should fear (debes timere) the things that will do harm (nocitura).

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

aliquis -quae -quod: some, any; si quis, si quid: anyone who, anything that
dēbeō dēbēre dēbuī dēbitum: owe, be obliged
exemplum -ī n.: example, sample, copy
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
is ea id: he, she, it
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
noceō nocēre nocuī: harm
sī: if
soleō -ēre -uī -itum: be accustomed
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
timeō -ēre -uī: to fear, to dread