Monday, June 20, 2011

Dies Ultima

475     -     476     -     477

Here is a distich by Michele Verinus:

Dies Ultima
Tolle moras: volucres menses labuntur et anni;
Ultima sit nescis quando futura dies.

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

Don't delay (tolle moras): the swift months (volucres menses) and years (et anni) are slipping away (labuntur); you do not know when (nescis quando)  your last day (ultima dies) will be (futura sit).

lābor, lābī: slip, glide, fall
mensis (mensis, m.): month

annus -ī m.: year
contrā: against, opposite (adv. and prep. +acc.)
diēs diēī m./f.: day
et: and
mora -ae f.: delay, hindrance
nesciō -scīre: not know, be ignorant
quandō: when?; since; si quando: if ever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tollō tollere sustulī sublātum: raise up, destroy
ūltimus -a -um: farthest, final, last, ultimate
volucer -cris -cre: flying; volucris -is m./f.: bird