Saturday, June 11, 2011

Virtus Reddit Immortales

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Virtus Reddit Immortales
Omnia cum pereant, virtus est sola perennis;
Haec immortales reddere sola potest.

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

immortālis, -e (immortalis): immortal, endless, eternal
perennis, -e (perennis): lasting through the years

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
pereō -īre -iī -itum: perish, be lost
possum posse potuī: be able
reddō -dere -didī -ditum: return, give back
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue