Sunday, July 22, 2012

Quare Dat Deus?

437     -     438     -     439

This is from Hans Walther and Paul Gerhard Schmidt's Proverbia Sententiaeque Latinitatis Medii Aevi (1963-1986) - not available online, unfortunately.

Quare Dat Deus?
Dat deus ut detur; nil actio nostra meretur:
Si das, ipse dabit; si non das, ipse negabit.

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:

actio (actiōnis, f.): doing, action, act

deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dō dare dedī datum: give
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
mereō merēre meruī meritum: deserve, merit; serve as a soldier
negō -āre: deny, refuse
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nōn: not
noster nostra nostrum: our
quārē: how? why?
sī: if
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)