Friday, July 13, 2012

Tolle Moras

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Tolle Moras
Tolle moras ut agas animo quod es ante paratus;
   Quodque malum est fugias ut bene tolle moras.

Source: Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), Farrago, 3.94. Meter: Elegiac. Note the implied infinitive complement to the phrase paratus es, based on the first half of the line: ut agas [hoc], quod [agere] es paratus. The idea is that you should not delay, both when it is a matter of doing a good thing and likewise when it is a matter of avoiding a bad thing.

Put aside delays (tolle moras) so that you can do (agas) what you resolved yourself mentally to do (quod ante paratus es animo), and so that you might rightly flee (ut bene fugias) what is evil (quod est malum), put aside delays (tolle moras).

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

agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
animus -ī m.: spirit, mind
ante: before, in front of (adv. and prep. + acc.)
bene: well
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
mora -ae f.: delay, hindrance
parō -āre: prepare, acquire; parātus -a -um, ready
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quis- quae- quidque: each one, everyone
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tollō tollere sustulī sublātum: raise up, destroy
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)