Sunday, July 15, 2012


268     -     269     -     270

Quae nova sunt, non semper erunt nova; nulla placebunt
Ergo diu, sola quae novitate placent.

Source: Adagiorum Maxime Vulgarium Thesaurus (1730). Meter: Elegiac.

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:

Those things which are new (quae nova sunt) will not always be new (non semper erunt nova); therefore (ergo), things will not be pleasing (nulla placebunt) for long (diu) which are pleasing (quae placent) only because of their novelty (sola novitate).

novitas (novitātis, f.): newness, novelty

diū: for a long time
ergo: therefore
nōn: not
novus -a -um: new
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
placeō placēre placuī placitum: please
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
semper: always, ever
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist