Thursday, July 19, 2012

Populo Servire Difficile

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Populo Servire Difficile
Qui populo servit, placet ille haud omnibus aeque,
Multorum capitum bestia quod populus.

Source: Jean Girard (1518 - 1586), Stichostratia, 1.68. Meter: Elegiac.

That man who (ille qui) caters to the crowd (populo servit) cannot be equally pleasing (haud aeque placet) to all (omnibus) because the crowd (quod populus) is a beast of many heads (multorum capitum bestia).

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:

bestia (bestiae, f.): wild animal, beast

aequus -a -um: equal; aequē, equally
caput capitis n.: head
difficilis -e: not easy, hard, difficult
haud: not
ille illa illud: that
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
placeō placēre placuī placitum: please
populus -ī m.: people
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
serviō -īre: be a slave, serve (+ dat.)