Friday, May 27, 2011

Quid Cumulas Aurum?

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Quid Cumulas Aurum?
Quid cumulas aurum? Solum conceditur usus;
Tempora labuntur, dum cumulantur opes.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

cumulō, cumulāre: heap up, accumulate
lābor, lābī: slip, glide, fall

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
aurum -ī n.: gold
concēdō -cēdere -cessī -cessum: yield, withdraw
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
ops opis f.: assistance, resources
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
tempus -oris n.: time
ūsus -ūs m.: use, experience