Monday, June 4, 2012

Ad mensam dum quis...

This rhyming distich comes from the Florilegium Gottingense edited by Voigt.

Ad mensam dum quis sedeat, nil turpe loquatur,
Sed mensae semper ingens honor exhibeatur.

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:

exhibeo -ēre, exhibuī, exhibitum - present, produce, furnish

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
aliquis -quae -quod: some, any; si quis, si quid: anyone who, anything that
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
ingēns, ingentis: huge, enormous
loquor loquī locūtus sum: speak, talk
mensa -ae f.: table
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
sed: but
sedeo -ēre sēdī sessum: sit
semper: always, ever
turpis -e: ugly, unsightly; disgraceful