Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ingratis Benefaciens

This is an item from Anton Moker's Decalogus metricus et paraenetica disticha, published in 1573. You can see the book at GoogleBooks.

Ingratis Benefaciens
Qui facit ingratis bene, semina spargit in undas,
Quae numquam fructum sunt paritura suum.

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

benefaciō, benefacere: benefit, do good
sēmen (sēminis, n.): seed

bene: well
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
frūctus -ūs m.: fruit, crops; enjoyment, delight
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
ingrātus -a -um: unpleasant, disagreeable
numquam: never
pariō parere peperī partum: bring forth, give birth to; accomplish
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
spargō spargere sparsī sparsum: scatter
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
unda -ae f.: wave, flowing water, water