Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oracula Solis

This is from The Book of Sun-Dials by Mrs. Alfred Gatty [aka Margaret Scott Gatty], which you can read online at this University of Pennsylvania website.

Oracula Solis
Si nescis, hospes, sunt hic oracula Phoebi;
Consule, respondent hoc tibi: disce mori.

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

ōrāculum (ōrāculī, n.): oracle, divine pronouncement
Phoebus (Phoebī, m.): Phoebus Apollo, sun god, the sun

cōnsulō -sulere -suluī -sultum: consult, plan
discō -ere didicī: learn
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
hīc: here; hinc: from here
hospes hospitis m.: guest, guest-friend; stranger; host
morior morī mortuus sum: die
nesciō -scīre: not know, be ignorant
respondeō -spondēre -spondī -spōnsum: answer
sī: if
sōl sōlis m.: sun
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)

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