Monday, May 16, 2011

Tempora Lubrica

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This little poem is from Giuseppe Gatti's Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi, published in 1703.

Tempora Lubrica
Aspice quam celeri cursu levis effugit hora,
Lubrica nec vitae tempora perde tuae.

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

effugiō, effugere: escape, run away from, avoid
lūbricus, -a, -um: slippery, sliding, fleeting

aspiciō -ere -spēxī -spectum: look to or at, behold
celer -is -e: swift; adv. celeriter
cursus -ūs m.: course, advance
hōra -ae f.: hour
levis -e: light, trivial
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
perdō -dere -didī -ditum: destroy
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
tempus -oris n.: time
tuus -a -um: your
vīta -ae f.: life