Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ne Simus Loquaces

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Ne Simus Loquaces
Vis sapiens dici? Raro et meditata loquare;
Saepe loquax verbis proditur ipse suis.

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

loquax (loquācis): talkative, chattering
meditātus, -a, -um: considered, pondered

dīcō dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
et: and
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
loquor loquī locūtus sum: speak, talk
nē: lest, that not
prodō prodere prodidī proditum: publish, hand down; give over, betray
rarus -a -um: wide apart, loose, thin; rare, seldom
saepe: often
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
verbum -ī n.: word