Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Homo Humaniter Sentias

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Homo Humaniter Sentias
Qui superas alios, hominem quoque te esse memento
Semper, et ante oculos spicula mortis habe.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

hūmāniter: humanly, as a human being
spīculum (spīculī, n.): javelin, arrow, sting

alius -a -um: other, another; alias: at another time
ante: before, in front of (adv. and prep. + acc.)
et: and
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
homo hominis m.: human being
meminī meminisse: remember, recollect
mors mortis f.: death
oculus -ī m.: eye
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quoque: also, too
semper: always, ever
sentiō sentīre sēnsī sēnsum: perceive, feel, hear, see
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
superō -āre: overcome, surpass, defeat
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)