Wednesday, June 6, 2012


This little poem comes from the distichs of Publius Faustus Andrelinus (c. 1460-1518). You can find his hecatodistichon, his "hundred distichs," at Google Books.

Instanti veniunt subeunda pericula casu:
Rebus in angustis fortia corda patent.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

angustus -a -um - narrow, critical, difficult
insto, instāre, institī, instātum - press hard, pursue, approach

cāsus -ūs m.: a fall; chance, accident;
cor cordis n.: heart; cordī est, it is pleasing to (+ dat.)
fortis -e: brave
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
pateo -ēre patuī: lie open, extend, spread
perīculum -ī n.: danger
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
subeo -īre -iī -itum: go under; endure
venio -īre vēnī ventum: come

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