Saturday, July 14, 2012

Parum Habere Cum Honore

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Parum Habere Cum Honore
Praestat habere parum, vero nec honore carere,
   Quam sine honore bono multa tenere bona.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of praestat to express a comparison, meaning "it is better, more outstanding."

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

bonus -a -um: good
careō -ēre -uī: lack (+ abl.)
habeō habēre habuī habitum: have, hold
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
parum: too little
praestō -stāre -stitī -stitum: excel, exhibit
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
sine: without (+ abl.)
teneō -ēre -uī tentum: hold
vērus -a -um: true; vērē, truly

To Have A Little, With Honor
It is better to have a little (praestat habere parum) and to not lack (nec carere) true honor (vero honore) than (quam) to have many goods (habere multa bona) without a good reputation (since honore bono).

Praestat ha~bere pa~rum, ve~ro nec ho~nore ca~rere,
   Quam sine ho~nore bo~no | multa te~nere bo~na.

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