Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amicus Incommodus Quid ab Inimico Differt?

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Amicus Incommodus Quid ab Inimico Differt?
Saepe venis, noxamque adfers mihi semper, amice;
Absis, et melius noster amicus eris.

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

incommodus, -a, -um: inconvenient, disagreeable
noxa (noxae, f.): hurt, harm, injury

ā ab abs: from, by (+abl.)
absum abesse afuī: be away, absent
afferō -ferre -tulī -lātum: bring to
amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
differō differre distulī dīlātum: scatter; publish, divulge; differ; defer, postpone
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
et: and
inimīcus -a -um: unfriendly
melior -ius: better
noster nostra nostrum: our
que (enclitic) - and
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
saepe: often
semper: always, ever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
veniō venīre vēnī ventum: come