Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Flores Pereuntes


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Flores Pereuntes
Esse, fuisse, fore tria florida sunt sine flore,
Nam simul omne perit quod fuit, est, et erit.


Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note the rhymes: fore-flore and perit-erit.

To be, to have been, yet to be: these are three blooms without flower — for everything which was, is, and will does also perish.

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:

flōridus, -a, -um: blooming, flowery, beautiful

et: and
flōs flōris m.: flower, bloom
nam or namque: for, indeed, really
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
pereō -īre -iī -itum: perish, be lost
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
simul: at the same time
sine: without (+ abl.)
trēs tria: three

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