Friday, July 29, 2011

Homo Superbiens

This poem is from the Hortulus Carminum Selectorum by Josephus Perez (1627-1694).

Homo Superbiens
Unde superbit homo cuius conceptio culpa,
Nasci poena, labor vita, necesse mori?

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

conceptio (conceptiōnis, f.): conception, pregnancy
superbiō, superbīre: boast, be proud, be disdainful

culpa -ae f.: guilt, fault, blame
homo hominis m.: human being
labor -ōris m.: toil, exertion
morior morī mortuus sum: die
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born
necesse (indecl. adj.): necessary
poena -ae f.: penalty, punishment
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
unde: from where
vīta -ae f.: life