Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vi Frangitur, Obsequio Flectitur

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

Vi Frangitur, Obsequio Flectitur
Obsequio flectes, quem vi non frangis, amicum;
Non supera manibus, sed ratione malum.

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

flectō, flectere: bend, curve, turn
obsequium (obsequii, n.): deference, solicitude

amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
frangō frangere frēgī frāctum: break, shatter
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
manus -ūs m.: hand; band of men
nōn: not
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
ratio -ōnis f.: method, plan, reason
sed: but
superō -āre: overcome, surpass, defeat
vīs f.: force; (acc.) vim, (abl.) vī; (pl.) vīrēs, strength