Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Quod Paravit Virtus, Retinebis

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Quod Paravit Virtus, Retinebis
Et Natura suum repetit, Fortunaque tollit
   Quando libet; Virtus quae dedit, illa manent.

Source: Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), Farrago, 2.17. Meter: Elegiac. Note the implied object in the second statement, parallel to the first: Fortuna [suum] tollit.

Both Nature reclaims what is hers (et Natura suum repetit) and Lady Luck (Fortunaque) takes things away when it pleases her (tollit quando libet); the things which (illa quae) Virtue has bestowed (Virtus dedit) remain (manent).

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

dō dare dedī datum: give
et: and
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
ille illa illud: that
libet or libuit or libitum est: it is pleasing (+ dat. of person + infin.)
maneō manēre mānsī mānsum: remain
nātūra -ae f.: nature
quandō: when?; since; si quando: if ever
que (enclitic) - and
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
repetō -petere -petīvī -petītum: demand, exact; revisit; call to mind, recollect; repeat
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tollō tollere sustulī sublātum: raise up, destroy
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue