Monday, June 18, 2012

Vesperis Vota


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Vesperis Vota
Vespere, cum somnum repetis, fac vota precesque,
Felici ut cursu tempora noctis eant.


Source: Urbano Appendini (1777-1834), De Educatione Disticha. Meter: Elegiac.

At evening time (vespere), when you again seek sleep (cum somnum repetis), make your vows and prayers (fac vota precesque), so that the night time (tempora noctis) follows a happy course (felici ut cursu eant).

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:

vesper (vesperis, m.): evening

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
cursus -ūs m.: course, advance
eo īre iī/īvī itum: go
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fēlīx -īcis: lucky; adv. fēlīciter
nox noctis f.: night
prex precis f.: prayers, entreaties
que (enclitic) - and
repetō -petere -petīvī -petītum: demand, exact; revisit; call to mind, recollect; repeat
somnus -ī m.: sleep, slumber; (pl.) dreams
tempus -oris n.: time
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
votum -ī n.: solemn promise, vow; hope

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