Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lucem Diei in Lecto Videns

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Lucem Diei in Lecto Videns
Qui cupit in lecto lucem videre diei,
Divitiae atque honor hic raro dabuntur ei.

Source: Andreas Gartner, Proverbialia Dicteria (1578). Meter: Elegiac. Note the rhyme: diei-ei.

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:

Rarely (raro) will riches and honor (divitiae atque honor hic) be given to him (dabuntur ei) who longs to see (qui cupit videre) the light of day (lucem  diei) in bed (in lecto).

lectus, lectī m. - bed

atque, ac: and in addition, and also, and; (after comparatives) than; simul atque, as soon as
cupiō -ere -īvī -ītum: desire
diēs diēī m./f.: day
dīvitiae -ārum f. pl.: riches, wealth
dō dare dedī datum: give
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
is ea id: he, she, it
lūx lūcis f.: light of day
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
rarus -a -um: wide apart, loose, thin; rare, seldom
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see