Friday, July 13, 2012

Sapiens Patiens

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Sapiens Patiens
Id patiamur onus quod non mutare valemus;
   Ferre quod impositum est est sapientis onus.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of the hortatory subjunctive, patiamur, "let's endure, let's bear!"

Let us endure the burden (patiamur id onus) which we are not able to change (quod non valemus mutare); to bear (ferre) what is imposed (quod impositum est) is the wise man's burden (est sapientis onus).

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

ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
impōnō -ere -posuī -positum: put in, put on, impose, levy upon
is ea id: he, she, it
mūtō -āre: change
nōn: not
onus oneris n.: load, burden
patior patī passus sum: permit, endure
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sapiens -ntis.: wise man
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
valeō valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē: farewell!

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