Saturday, July 14, 2012

Deo Dante

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Deo Dante
Quidquid amas, si forte deum non diligis, erras;
Quidquid habes, illo dante beatus habes.

Source: François Oudin (1673-1752), Silva Distichorum, 23. Meter: Elegiac. Note the ablative absolute in the title, deo dante, as also in the second line, illo dante.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

amō -āre: to love; amans -ntis m./f.: lover
beatus -a -um: happy, blessed, prosperous, fortunate
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dīligō -ligere -lēxī -lēctum: choose, cherish, love
dō dare dedī datum: give
errō -āre: go astray, wander
fors fortis f.: chance; adv. fortē: by chance
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
ille illa illud: that
nōn: not
quisquis quidquid: whoever, whichever
sī: if