Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi


408     -     409     -     410


Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.86, with an English rendering by George Wither. There is also a Wikipedia article about this famous Latin saying.

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Cernite mortales, sic transit gloria mundi,
Noster honor cinis, et pulveris umbra sumus.


Even as the Smoke doth passe away
So, shall all Worldly-pompe decay.



The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

pulvis, pulveris m. - dust

cernō cernere crēvī crētum: discern, separate
cinis cineris m./f.: ashes, embers
et: and
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
mundus -ī m.: world, universe, heavens
noster nostra nostrum: our
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
trānseō -īre -iī -itum: go across
umbra -ae f.: shade, shadow 

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