Friday, June 1, 2012

Non Cito Credendum

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Non Cito Credendum
Nusquam tuta fides; non omnibus omnia credas:
Falletur subito, qui cito crediderit.

Source: Johann Glandorp (1501-1564), Disticha, 10. Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of the subjunctive as something like a command: credas.

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:

Trust is never safe (nusquam tuta fides); you should not believe (non credas) everyone about everything (omnibus omnia): he who believes something quickly (qui cito crediderit) will soon be fooled (falletur subito).

nusquam: nowhere, never

cītus -a -um: swift
crēdo -ere crēdidī crēditum: believe
fallo fallere fefellī falsum: deceive
fidēs -eī f.: trust, faith
nōn: not
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
subitō: suddenly, unexpectedly
tutus -a -um: safe, protected