Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Quod Videri Vis, Esto

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Quod Videri Vis, Esto
Vis pius et sapiens et doctus, amice, videri?
Hoc age quod dici quaeris, ut esse queas.

Source: Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), Farrago, 2.37. Meter: Elegiac.

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:

Be (esto) What You Want (quod vis) to Appear (videri): Do you want to appear (vis videri) pious and wise and learned (pius et sapiens et doctus), my friend? (amice) Do (age) what you want (hoc quod quaeris) to be said to be (dici) so that you can be that (ut esse queas).

queō, quīre: be able, can

agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
dīcō dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
doceō -ēre -uī doctum: teach
et: and
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
pius -a -um: dutiful, devoted, just, pious
quaerō -rere -sīvī-situm: seek, inquire
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sapiens -ntis.: wise man
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing

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