Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Obsequium Amicos Parit

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Obsequium Amicos Parit
Obsequium in vitiis multos effingit amicos,
Qui hostes, cum verum dixeris, esse solent.

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

effingō, effingere: fashion, form, portray
obsequium (obsequiī, n.): deference, solicitude

amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
dīcō dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
hostis -is m./f.: stranger, enemy
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
pariō parere peperī partum: bring forth, give birth to; accomplish
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
soleō -ēre -uī -itum: be accustomed
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vērus -a -um: true; vērē, truly
vitium -ī n.: flaw, fault, crime