Sunday, June 3, 2012

Doctrina Tantum Valet

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Doctrina Tantum Valet
Si puer hoc sciret, quantum doctrina valeret,
Raro dormiret, sed nocte dieque studeret.

Source: Andreas Gartner, Proverbialia Dicteria (1578). Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhymes: sciret-dormiret ... valeret-studeret.

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:

doctrīna (doctrīnae, f.): education, learning, instruction

diēs diēī m./f.: day
dormio -īre: sleep
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
nox noctis f.: night
puer, puerī m.: boy; slave
quantus -a -um: how great? as great
que: and (enclitic)
rarus -a -um: wide apart, loose, thin; rare seldom
scio -īre -īvī/-iī -ītum: know
sed: but
sī: if
studeo -ēre -uī: be eager, be zealous, care for (+ dat.)
valeo valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē, farewell!