Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Qui Cito Dat, Bis Dat

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Qui Cito Dat, Bis Dat
Quae dare vis, cito da: cito gratia facta placebit;
Ingratum reddit gratia tarda datum.

Source: Iohannes Pignevvart (1624), Cato Bernardinus. Meter: Elegiac. Note the contrast between gratia cito facta in the first line and gratia tarda in the second line.

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:

bis: twice

cītus -a -um: swift; citō swiftly
dō dare dedī datum: give
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
grātia -ae f.: favor, influence, gratitude
ingrātus -a -um: unpleasant, disagreeable
placeō placēre placuī placitum: please
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
reddō -dere -didī -ditum: return, give back
tardus -a -um: slow, sluggish, lingering
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing

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