Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Adversa Non Semper Fugienda

This poem is from a book published in 1624 by Jean Pignewart (Iohannes Pignevvart), a Cistercian monk and scholar. He attributes his collection of distich poetry to "Cato Bernardinus," invoking both the legendary "Cato" of Latin distich fame and also Saint Bernard of Clairveax who was famously associated with the Cistercian order.

Adversa Non Semper Fugienda
Non semper fugiens vincas adversa, sed ultro
Sis patiens; meritum grandius istud habet.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

grandis, -e (grandis): great, large, grand
ultrō: beyond, farther, further

adversus -a -um: facing, opposed; unfavorable; adversus (-um): (adv. and prep.) facing, opposite, against, opposed (to)
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
iste ista istud: that, that of yours; adv. istīc or istūc: over there; istinc: from over there
mereō merēre meruī meritum: deserve, merit; serve as a soldier
nōn: not
patior patī passus sum: permit, endure
sed: but
semper: always, ever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vincō vincere vīcī victum: conquer