Saturday, October 15, 2016

Learning Latin with Saint Augustine: Da Mihi Castitatem...

Saint Augustine is the source of several notable Latin quotes. Here is a grammatical explanation of one worth knowing.

As a young man, he grappled with his carnal lusts and his desire to live a purer life.

In his Confessions (8.7.17) he sums up this struggle as he prays to God:


Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo.
Give to me chastity and temperance, but not yet.

I discuss the sad parting with his concubine in this post.

Here's a grammatical explanation of the Latin:

Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Da
Give
sing. imp.
do, dare, dedi, datus
mihi
to me
dat. sing. pronoun
tu, tui
castitatem
chastity
acc. sing. fem. noun
castitas, castitatis
et
and
conj.
continentiam
temperance
acc. sing. fem. noun
continentia, continentiae
sed
but
conj.
noli
don’t (do it)
sing. imp. verb
nolo, nolle, nolui
modo
now/yet
adv.


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