Monday, July 16, 2012

Mores Quisque Sibi Format

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Mores Quisque Sibi Format
Quisque suos sequitur mores, quos format agendo
   Quisque sibi: tu nunc te facis id quod eris.

Source: François Oudin (1673-1752), Silva Distichorum, 291. Meter: Elegiac.

Each person follows (quisque sequitur) their own habits (suos mores), which each person (quos quisque) shapes for themselves (format sibi) by their actions (agendo): you are now making yourself (tu nunc te facis) that which you will be (id quod eris).

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:

formō, formāre: shape, fashion, form

agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
is ea id: he, she, it
mōs mōris m.: custom, habit; (pl.) character
nunc: now
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quis- quae- quidque: each one, everyone
sequor sequī secūtus sum: follow
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)