Monday, July 16, 2012

Nec Summus, Nec Ultimus, Sed Medius

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Nec Summus, Nec Ultimus, Sed Medius
Summus ut esse nego, sic ultimus esse recuso;
Sim medius: mediis gratia maior erit.

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note the ut...sic... construction in the first line: ut nego... sic recuso...

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:

recūsō, recūsāre: reject, refuse

grātia -ae f.: favor, influence, gratitude
māior -ius: greater, older; maiōres -um: ancestors
medius -a -um: middle, central
negō -āre: deny, refuse
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
summus -a -um: highest, farthest, last
ūltimus -a -um: farthest, final, last, ultimate
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)