Saturday, July 14, 2012

Qualia Facta, Tale Nomen

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Qualia Facta, Tale Nomen
Per mala facta malum nomen mala famaque crescit;
   Accipitur nomen per bona facta bonum.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac. The poem has a clear contrast between per mala facta in the first line and per bona facta in the second!

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

accipiō -cipere -cēpī -ceptum: receive
crēscō crēscere crēvī crētum: grow, increase
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
nōmen -inis n.: name
per: through (+acc.)
quālis -e: of what kind? what?
que (enclitic) - and
tālis tale: such

As the Deeds, So the Name
By means of bad deeds (per mala facta) a bad name (malum nomen) and a bad reputation (mala famaque) grows (crescit); by means of good deeds (per bona facta) a good name (nomen bonum) is acquired (accipitur).

Per mala ~ facta ma~lum no~men mala ~ famaque ~ crescit;
   Accipi~tur no~men | per bona ~ facta bo~num.