Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mensura, Pondus, Numerus

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This poem is from a book published in 1624 by Jean Pignewart (Iohannes Pignevvart), a Cistercian monk and scholar. He attributes his collection of distich poetry to "Cato Bernardinus," invoking both the legendary "Cato" of Latin distich fame and also Saint Bernard of Clairveax who was famously associated with the Cistercian order.

Mensura, Pondus, Numerus
Pondere, mensura, numero, deus omnia fecit,
Mensura, numero, pondere cum careat.

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:

mensūra (mensūrae, f.): measure, quantity, proportion

careō -ēre -uī: lack (+ abl.)
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
et: and
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
numerus -ī m.: number, amount
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
pondus ponderis n.: weight
sine: without (+ abl.)