Saturday, June 2, 2012

De Bona Fama

This is a poem by Thomas Campion (1567-1620):

De Bona Fama
Qui sapit in multis, vix desipuisse videri
ulla in re poterit: tam bona fama bona est.

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:

dēsipio -ere, dēsipuī - be foolish, be out of one's mind

bonus -a -um: good
dē: down from, about, concerning (+ abl.)
fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
possum posse potuī: be able
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sapio sapere sapīvī: be wise
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tam: so
ūllus -a -um: any, anyone
video -ēre vīdī vīsum: see
vix: scarcely