Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amor Causa Omnium

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

Amor Causa Omnium
Abdita quae toto vel aperta videmus in orbe,
Ortu et fine carens omnia fecit amor.

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

abditus, -a, -um: removed, concealed, hidden
ortus (ortūs, m.): rise, rising, beginning

amor -ōris m.: love
aperiō aperīre aperuī apertum: open
careō -ēre -uī: lack (+ abl.)
causa -ae f.: cause, reason
et: and
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fīnis -is m.: end, boundary
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
orbis -is m.: circle; orbis terrārum: world
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
tōtus -a -um: whole, entire
vel: or else, or; even; vel . . . vel: either… or
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see