Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Facienda et Fugienda

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Facienda et Fugienda
Quid prodest noctesque diesque revolvere libros,
   Si facienda fugis, si fugienda facis?

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac.

What's the point (quid prodest) of hitting the books (revolvere libros) day and night (noctesque diesque), if you avoid doing (si fugis) what must be done (facienda), and if you do (si facis) things you should avoid (fugienda).

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:

revolvo, revolvere: revolve, turn

diēs diēī m./f.: day
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
liber librī m.: book
nox noctis f.: night
prōsum -desse -fuī: be of use, do good, help (+ dat.)
que (enclitic) - and
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sī: if