Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sat Vixit Qui Bene


417     -     418     -     419


This poem is from a book published in 1624 by Jean Pignewart (Iohannes Pignevvart), a Cistercian monk and scholar. He attributes his collection of distich poetry to "Cato Bernardinus," invoking both the legendary "Cato" of Latin distich fame and also Saint Bernard of Clairveax who was famously associated with the Cistercian order.

Sat Vixit Qui Bene
Quam bene, non quanto vivamus tempore refert;
Sat vixit, vitam qui sine labe tulit.


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:

lābes (lābis, f.): spot, blemish, defect

bene: well
ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
nōn: not
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
quantus -a -um: (interr.) how great? (rel.) of what size, amount, etc.
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
referō -ferre -tulī -lātum: bring back; report
satis/sat: enough, sufficient
sine: without (+ abl.)
tempus -oris n.: time
vīta -ae f.: life
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

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