Saturday, June 2, 2012

Multa Adhuc Latent Homines

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Multa Adhuc Latent Homines
Multa homini natura dedit cognoscere, plura
   Non dedit; haec alio tempore forte dabit.

Source: Johann Glandorp (1501-1564), Disticha, 218. Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of dare here to mean grant, allow, with a complementary infinitive: natura homini dedit cognoscoere, "nature allowed man to know."

Nature has granted to man (natura dedit homini) to know many things (cognoscere multa), more things ( plura) she has not granted us to know (non dedit); perhaps at some other time (forte alio tempore) she will grant these things (dabit haec).

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

adhūc: thus far, to this point
alius -a -um: other, another; alias: at another time
cōgnōscō -gnōscere -gnōvī -gnitum: learn, understand
dō dare dedī datum: give
fors fortis f.: chance; adv. fortē: by chance
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
homo hominis m.: human being
lateō latēre latuī: lie hidden, be hidden
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
nātūra -ae f.: nature
nōn: not
plūs plūris n.: a greater amount or number, more
tempus -oris n.: time