Monday, July 16, 2012

Loqui Decus, Tacere Quoque

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Loqui Decus, Tacere Quoque
Responsum sapiens sermones non dat ad omnes;
   Scire loqui decus est, scire tacere decus.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

rēsponsum (rēsponsī, n.): answer, reply

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
decus decoris n.: beauty, grace; ornament, glory, honor
dō dare dedī datum: give
loquor loquī locūtus sum: speak, talk
nōn: not
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
quoque: also, too
sapiens -ntis.: wise man
sciō -īre -īvī/-iī -ītum: know
sermo -ōnis m.: conversation, discourse
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
taceō -ēre -uī -itum: be silent; tacitus -a -um, silent

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