Sunday, July 22, 2012

Quod Paravit Virtus, Retinebis

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Quod Paravit Virtus, Retinebis
Fors adimet dotes, repetet Natura salutem,
Virtus mansuras sola relinquet opes.

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:

adimō, adimere: take away, deprive, snatch
dōs (dōtis, f.): dowry, endowment, talent

fors fortis f.: chance; adv. fortē: by chance
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
maneō manēre mānsī mānsum: remain
nātūra -ae f.: nature
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
parō -āre: prepare, acquire; parātus -a -um, ready
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
relinquō -linquere -līquī -lictum: abandon
repetō -petere -petīvī -petītum: demand, exact; revisit; call to mind, recollect; repeat
retineō -tinēre -tinuī -tentum: hold back, keep
salūs -ūtis f.: health, safety
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue