Friday, July 20, 2012

Fratres Concordes

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Fratres Concordes
O quantum est animis concordes vivere fratres!
Quod vult unus, mox ut velit, alter idem.

Source: Josephus Perez (1627-1694), Hortulus Carminum. Meter: Elegiac. Note the substantive use of quantum: O quantum, "Oh what a great thing it is..."

Oh, how great a thing it is (o quantum est) when brothers live (vivere fratres) agreeing in mind (animis concordes)! What one wants (quod vult unus), as soon as he wants it (mox ut velit), the other wants the same (alter idem).

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:

concors (concordis): of the same mind, in agreement

alter altera alterum: other of two
animus -ī m.: spirit, mind
frāter frātris m.: brother
īdem eadem idem: the same
mox: soon
quantus -a -um: (interr.) how great? (rel.) of what size, amount, etc.
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūnus -a -um: one
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing