Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Felix Nemo Suo Iudicio

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Felix Nemo Suo Iudicio
Multos felices vidi, se nemo beatum;
   Nullus enim quod adest, id satis esse putat.

Source: Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), Farrago, 4.96. Meter: Elegiac. Note the parallel structure in the first line, where the verb is implied by not expressed in the second clause: multos felices vidi, se nemo [vidit] beatum.

I have seen many happy people (vidi multos felices); no one has seen himself to be fortunate (nemo se beatum); for no one thinks (enim nullus putat) that what is present (id quod adest) is enough (esse satis).

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

adsum adesse affuī: be present
beatus -a -um: happy, blessed, prosperous, fortunate
enim: for, indeed
fēlīx -īcis: lucky; adv. fēlīciter
is ea id: he, she, it
iūdicium -ī n.: judgement, decision, trial
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
putō -āre: think, suppose
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
satis/sat: enough, sufficient
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see