Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mens Nulla Sine Deo Bona Est

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Mens Nulla Sine Deo Bona Est
Tellurem corpus, mens spectat origine caelum;
Hinc mens absque deo nulla bona esse potest.

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

absque: without, apart from, away from
orīgo (orīginis, f.): beginning, source, origin

bonus -a -um: good
caelum -ī n.: sky, heavens
corpus corporis n.: body
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
hīc: here; hinc: from here
mēns mentis f.: mind
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
possum posse potuī: be able
sine: without (+ abl.)
spectō -āre: look at, consider
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tellus tellūris n.: earth