Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mens Recti Conscia

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

Mens Recti Conscia
Non timet adversos mens recti conscia casus,
Cum sceleris turbat quaelibet aura reos.

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:

conscius, -a, -um: knowing, conscious, guilty
quīlibet, quaelibet, quodlibet: whoever, anybody

adversus -a -um: facing, opposed; unfavorable; adversus (-um): (adv. and prep.) facing, opposite, against, opposed (to)
aura -ae f.: breeze
cāsus -ūs m.: a fall; chance, accident;
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
mēns mentis f.: mind
nōn: not
rectus -a -um: straight, direct
reus -ī m.: defendant
scelus -eris n.: crime, sin
timeō -ēre -uī: to fear, to dread
turbō -āre: disturb, confuse