Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Suae Virtuti Fidens

This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is by Achilles Bocchius (1488-1562):

Suae Virtuti Fidens
Quo mage quisque suae virtuti fidit, honores
Hoc aliis meritos invidet ille minus.

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

fīdō, fīdere: trust in, be confident in
invideō, invidēre: envy, be jealous

alius -a -um: other, another; alias: at another time
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
ille illa illud: that
magis: more
mereō merēre meruī meritum: deserve, merit; serve as a soldier
minus -oris n.: a smaller number or amount, less; (adv.) minus: to a smaller extent, less
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quis- quae- quidque: each one, everyone
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue