Sunday, May 22, 2011

Exire Carcere

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Exire Carcere
Cum sit plena mali vitae mortalis egestas,
Cur exire times carcere? Liber eris.

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

carcer (carceris, m.): prison, jail
egestas (egestātis, f.): poverty, need

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
cūr: why?
exeō -īre -iī -itum: go forth
līber lībera līberum: free; līberī (m. pl.): freeborn children
malus -a -um: bad, evil; male: (adv.) badly
morior morī mortuus sum: die
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
plēnus -a -um: full
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
timeō -ēre -uī: to fear, to dread
vīta -ae f.: life

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