Thursday, July 19, 2012

In Mendacem

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In Mendacem
Non opus est quaeras quare tibi credere nolim;
Credere vix ipsi tu potes ipse tibi.

Source: John Dunbar (c.1585-1626), Epigrammata, C2.43. Meter: Elegiac. The phrase non opus est [ut] quaeras introduces an indirect question, hence the subjunctive nolim.

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:

mendax (mendācis): lying; liar

crēdō crēdere crēdidī crēditum: believe
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
nōlō nōlle nōluī: be unwilling
nōn: not
opus operis n.: work
possum posse potuī: be able
quaerō -rere -sīvī-situm: seek, inquire
quārē: how? why?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vix: scarcely

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