Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dabit Deus His Quoque Finem

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

Dabit Deus His Quoque Finem
Fige pedem, nec cede malis; deus his quoque finem,
Quo minime speras tempore, crede, dabit.

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

figō, figere: fasten, fix, thrust in
minimē: least of all, not at all

cēdō cēdere cessī cessum: yield
crēdō crēdere crēdidī crēditum: believe
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dō dare dedī datum: give
fīnis -is m.: end, boundary
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
pēs pedis m.: foot
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quoque: also, too
spērō -āre: to hope
tempus -oris n.: time