Sunday, July 15, 2012

In Domo Parva

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In Domo Parva
Quo quisque est maior, maiora pericula vitae
   Sustinet; in parva est vita beata domo.

Source: Josephus Perez (1627-1694), Hortulus Carminum. Meter: Elegiac. Note the implied referent of the relative pronoun: quo quisque est maior, [hoc] maiora pericula...

The greater each person is (quo maior quisque est), the greater the dangers of life (maiora pericula vitae) that he endures (sustinet); in a small house (in parva domo) life can be happy (vita est beata).

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

beatus -a -um: happy, blessed, prosperous, fortunate
domus -ūs f.: house, home
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
māior -ius: greater, older; maiōres -um: ancestors
parvus -a -um: small
perīculum -ī n.: danger
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quis- quae- quidque: each one, everyone
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
sustineō -ēre -uī -tentum: hold up, sustain
vīta -ae f.: life

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