Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nihil Omnibus Placet

This is an item from Anton Moker's Decalogus metricus et paraenetica disticha, published in 1573. You can see the book at GoogleBooks.

Nihil Omnibus Placet
Quantumvis bonus est, nemo caret hoste maligno;
Omnibus in mundo nemo placere potest.

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

malignus, -a, -um: spiteful, wicked, envious
quantumvīs: however so much, albeit

bonus -a -um: good
careō -ēre -uī: lack (+ abl.)
hostis -is m./f.: stranger, enemy
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
mundus -ī m.: world, universe, heavens
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
placeō placēre placuī placitum: please
possum posse potuī: be able
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist