Saturday, May 14, 2011

Meliora Spera, Deteriora Time

490     -     491     -     492

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

Meliora Spera, Deteriora Time
Cum Fortuna premit, meliora sequentia spera;
Cum Fortuna favet, deteriora time.

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

dēterior, dēterius (dēteriōris): worse
faveō, favēre: support, show favor

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
melior -ius: better
premō premere pressī pressum: press, pursue, overwhelm
sequor sequī secūtus sum: follow
spērō -āre: to hope
timeō -ēre -uī: to fear, to dread