Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Homo Sapiens

This little poem is from Gartner's Dicteria Proverbialia (1598).

Homo Sapiens
Omnis homo sapiens undas formidat et ignem;
Haec qui non metuit, insipienter agit.

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

formīdō, formīdāre: fear, dread
insipienter: foolishly, unwisely

agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
et: and
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
homo hominis m.: human being
īgnis -is m.: fire
metuō metuere metuī: to fear, to dread
nōn: not
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sapiens -ntis.: wise man
unda -ae f.: wave, flowing water, water