Sunday, July 22, 2012

Divitiae Sunt Causae Periculorum

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Divitiae Sunt Causae Periculorum
Cum sint divitiae manifesta pericula vitae,
Cur voto a cunctis sic cupiuntur opes?

Source: Michaelis Verinus (c.1469-c.1487), Disticha. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

manifestus, -a, -um: in plain view, evident

ā ab abs: from, by (+abl.)
causa -ae f.: cause, reason
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
cūnctus -a -um: entire all together
cupiō -ere -īvī -ītum: desire
cūr: why?
dīvitiae -ārum f. pl.: riches, wealth
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
perīculum -ī n.: danger
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīta -ae f.: life
votum -ī n.: solemn promise, vow; hope