Friday, July 13, 2012

Sat Cito, Si Sat Bene

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Sat Cito, Si Sat Bene
Quanta sit in rebus mora, nil curato, gerendis;
   Sat cito confectum, quod bene fiet, erit.

Source: Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), Farrago, 3.54. Meter: Elegiac. Note the future imperative: curato, introducing an indirect question: nil curato, quanta sit mora. Note also the implied referent of the relative pronoun: [Hoc] sat cito confectum erit, quod bene fiet.

Don't worry (nil curato) how much delay there is (quanta mora sit) in things you have to do (in rebus gerendis); that which will be done well (quod bene fiet) will be completed quickly enough (confectum erit sat cito).

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

bene: well
cītus -a -um: swift; citō swiftly
conficiō -ficere -fēcī -fectum: complete, accomplish; destroy, kill, consume
cūrō -āre: care for (+ acc.)
fīō fierī factus sum: become
gerō gerere gessī gestum: bear, manage; bellum gerere, wage war
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
mora -ae f.: delay, hindrance
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
quantus -a -um: (interr.) how great? (rel.) of what size, amount, etc.
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
satis/sat: enough, sufficient
sī: if
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist