Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vitae Via Mortalis

This is from the Aureola Emblemata of Nicolaus Reusnerus (1545-1602).

Vitae Via Mortalis
Vita via est; farrago viae sunt cura dolorque
Et labor, at mors est ultima meta viae.


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

farrāgo (farrāginis, f.): fodder, mash, mixture
mēta (mētae, f.): cone, goal

at: but, but yet
cūra -ae f.: care, concern
dolor -ōris m.: pain, grief
et: and
labor -ōris m.: toil, exertion
mors mortis f.: death
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
que (enclitic) - and
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūltimus -a -um: farthest, final, last, ultimate
via -ae f.: way, street
vīta -ae f.: life

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