Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tempus Volubile


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Tempus Volubile
Cuncta trahit secum vertitque volubile tempus,
Nec patitur certa currere quemque via.


Source: Adagiorum Maxime Vulgarium Thesaurus (1730).  Meter: Elegiac. Note that the phrase certa via is in the ablative, certā viā, "on a sure way, along a definite path."

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:

volūbilis, -e (volūbilis): winding, twisting, rolling

certus -a -um: sure, fixed; certē, certainly, surely
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
cūnctus -a -um: entire all together
currō currere cucurrī cursum: run
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
patior patī passus sum: permit, endure
que (enclitic) - and
quis- quae- quidque: each one, everyone
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
tempus -oris n.: time
trahō trahere trāxī trāctum: drag, draw
vertō vertere vertī versum: turn
via -ae f.: way, street


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