Sunday, June 17, 2012

Qualis Pater, Talis Filius

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Qualis Pater, Talis Filius
Est herus ut servus; sequitur quoque filia matrem;
   Ut pater est, talis filius esse solet.

Source:  Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

The master is (est herus) as his servant (ut servus); the daugher also (filia quoque) follows her mother (sequitur matrem); as the father is (ut pater est), such usually (talis solet) is the son (esse filius).

herus (herī m, m.): master, owner

filia -ae f.; filius -ī m.: daughter; son
filia -ae f.; filius -ī m.: daughter; son
māter mātris f.: mother
pater patris m.: father, ancestor
quoque: also, too
sequor sequī secūtus sum: follow
servus -ī m.: slave
soleō -ēre -uī -itum: be accustomed
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tālis tale: such
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)

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