Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fumus, Pulvis et Umbra

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

Fumus, Pulvis et Umbra
Quid iuvat argentum, quid in annos vivere centum?
Cum morimur, fumus, pulvis et umbra sumus.

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

fūmus (fūmī, m.): smoke, steam
pulvis (pulveris, m.): dust

annus -ī m.: year
argentum -ī n.: silver, money
centum: one hundred
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
et: and
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
iuvō iuvāre iūvī iūtum: help, assist; please, delight
morior morī mortuus sum: die
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
umbra -ae f.: shade, shadow
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live