Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Veri Amoris Nullus est Finis

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Veri Amoris Nullus est Finis
Numquam vera fuit caritas, quae desinit esse,
Nam nullus veri finis amoris erit.

Source: Michaelis Verinus (c.1469-c.1487), Disticha. Meter: Elegiac. Note the lovely interweaving of the nominative and genitive noun phrases: nullus veri finis amoris.

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:

That love (caritas) was never true (numquam vera fuit) which can cease to be (quae desinit esse), for there will be no end (nam nullus finis erit) of true love (veri amoris).

cāritas (cāritātis, f.): love, charity

amor -ōris m.: love
dēsinō -sinere -sīvī -situm: leave off, cease
fīnis -is m.: end, boundary
nam or namque: for, indeed, really
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
numquam: never
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vērus -a -um: true; vērē, truly