Monday, July 16, 2012

Deus Testis

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Deus Testis
Quidquid ages dicesve, deum testem esse memento;
Quae tacitus tecum volvis, et illa legit.

Source: François Oudin (1673-1752), Silva Distichorum, 2. Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of future imperative, memento, "remember!" Note also that tacitus agrees with the subject of the verb volvis, functioning much like an English adverb: "quietly."

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

volvō, volvere: roll, turn around, consider

agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dīcō dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
et: and
ille illa illud: that
legō legere lēgī lēctum: gather, choose, read
meminī meminisse: remember, recollect
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quisquis quidquid: whoever, whichever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
taceō -ēre -uī -itum: be silent; tacitus -a -um, silent
testis -is m.: witness
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
ve (enclitic): or

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