Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tantum Quantum Possum

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

Tantum Quantum Possum
Subdo humeros oneri; tantum fero, sors mea quantum
Ferre potest: ultra nec volo, nec valeo.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

humerus (humerī, m.): shoulder, upper arm
subdo, subdere: place under, subject, subdue

ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
meus -a -um: my
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
onus oneris n.: load, burden
possum posse potuī: be able
quantus -a -um: (interr.) how great? (rel.) of what size, amount, etc.
sors sortis f.: lot, fate, destiny; oracle
tantus -a -um: so great, so much; tantum: only
ultrā: beyond, further (adv. and prep. + acc.)
valeō valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē: farewell!
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing