Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Memento Mori

Here is an emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:34, with an English rendering by George Wither.

Memento Mori
Res est plena boni sanctae meditatio mortis;
Dum sinit haec igitur vita, memento mori.

Whil'st thou dost, here, injoy thy breath
Continue mindfull of thy Death.


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:

meditātio, meditātiōnis f. - contemplation, meditation

bonus -a -um: good
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
igitur: therefore
meminī meminisse: remember, recollect
morior morī mortuus sum: die
mors mortis f.: death
plēnus -a -um: full
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sānctus -a -um: sacred, inviolable
sinō sinere sīvī situm: allow, let go
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīta -ae f.: life

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