Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Medium Serva

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

Medium Serva
Omnibus in rebus medium servare memento;
Immoderata nocent, sed moderata iuvant.

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

immoderātus, -a, -um: unlimited, extravagant
moderātus, -a, -um: limited, bounded, moderated

in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
iuvō iuvāre iūvī iūtum: help, assist; please, delight
medius -a -um: middle, central
meminī meminisse: remember, recollect
noceō nocēre nocuī: harm
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sed: but
servō -āre: save, watch over