Sunday, July 15, 2012

Vultu Laeto

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Vultu Laeto
Si vis ut placeant, da vultu munera laeto;
   Donantem laete diligit ipse deus.

Source: Josephus Perez (1627-1694), Hortulus Carminum. Meter: Elegiac. Note that the plural subject of the verb placeant is munera, the noun you see in the second half of the line.

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

If you want (si vis) your gifts to be pleasing (ut munera placeant), give them with a happy face (da laeto vultu); God himself (deus ipse) loves the person who gives gifts happily (diligit donantem laete).

deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dīligō -ligere -lēxī -lēctum: choose, cherish, love
dō dare dedī datum: give
dōnō -āre: present with a gift (+ acc. of person and abl. of thing)
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
laetus -a -um: glad, joyful
mūnus mūneris n.: gift, offering
placeō placēre placuī placitum: please
sī: if
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing
vultus -ūs m.: look, expression, face