Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vos Qui Docetis

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Vos Qui Docetis
Exemplum detis, alios quicumque docetis;
Si non servatis quae praecipitis, taceatis.

Source: Josephus Perez (1627-1694), Hortulus Carminum. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhymes in both lines: detis-docetis, servatis-taceatis.

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

You who teach others (quicumque docetis alios) should set an example (detis exemplum); if you cannot heed (si non servatis) your own teachings (quae praecipitis), keep silent (taceatis).

alius -a -um: other, another; alias: at another time
dō dare dedī datum: give
doceō -ēre -uī doctum: teach
exemplum -ī n.: example, sample, copy
nōn: not
praecipiō -cipere -cēpī -ceptum: anticipate, advise, warn
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quī- quae- quodcumque: who-, whatever
servō -āre: save, watch over
sī: if
taceō -ēre -uī -itum: be silent; tacitus -a -um, silent

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