Friday, July 13, 2012

Peccata Non Teguntur

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Peccata Non Teguntur
Vive pie semper; frustra peccata teguntur:
   Nullus in his terris est sine teste locus.

: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note the substantive use of the participle peccatum, "a wrong, a sin."

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

Always live righteously (semper vive pie); sins are covered up in vain (peccata teguntur frustra): there is no place (nullus locus est) in the world (in his terris) without a witness (sine teste).

frūstrā: in vain
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
locus -ī m.: place; loca (n. pl.) region
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
peccō -āre: commit a wrong, injure
pius -a -um: dutiful, devoted, just, pious
semper: always, ever
sine: without (+ abl.)
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tegō tegere tēxī tēctum: cover, conceal
terra -ae f.: land
testis -is m.: witness
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live