Monday, June 18, 2012

Mens Laeta

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Mens Laeta, Cura Vacans
Aegrescit corpus, si sit mens aegra; fac ergo,
Cura omni semper mens tibi laeta vacet.

Source: Urbano Appendini (1777-1834), De Educatione Disticha. 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 body grows sick (aegrescit corpus) if the mind is sick (si sit mens aegra); strive therefore (fac ergo) that your mind (mens tibi) is always happy (semper laeta), free from every care (cura omni vacet).

aegrescō, aegrescere - become ill, grow sick

aeger aegra agrum: sick; aegrē, with difficulty
corpus corporis n.: body
cūra -ae f.: care, concern
ergo: therefore
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
laetus -a -um: glad, joyful
mēns mentis f.: mind
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
semper: always, ever
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vacō vacāre: be empty, open, unoccupied