Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Post Obitum Nil Feres

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

Post Obitum Nil Feres
Etsi divitias omnes, si regna teneres,
Post obitum secum nil tua dextra feret.

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

etsi: even if, although
obitus (obitūs, m.): going down, downfall, death

cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
dexter -tra -trum: right; dextera -ae f.: right hand
dīvitiae -ārum f. pl.: riches, wealth
ferō ferre tulī lātum: bear, carry
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
post: after (adv. and prep. +acc.)
rēgnum -ī n.: kingship, kingdom
sī: if
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
teneō -ēre -uī tentum: hold
tuus -a -um: your