Friday, July 29, 2011

Solacium Pauperum, ad Amicum Divitem

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Here is another distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 4.147.

Solacium Pauperum, ad Amicum Divitem
Inconstans Fortuna breves mutatur in horas;
Nascitur inde mihi spes, metus inde tibi.

Inconstant Fortune various appears:
Whence Hopes arise to Me, to Thee but Fears.

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

inconstans (inconstantis): changeable, fickle
sōlācium (sōlāciī, n.): comfort, solace, consolation

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
amīcus -a -um: friendly; (as subst.) friend
brevis -e: short, shallow, brief; adv. breviter
dīves, dīvitis: rich (poet. dīs, dītis)
ego meī mihi mē: I, me
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
hōra -ae f.: hour
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
inde: from there, from then
metus -ūs m.: fear, dread
mūtō -āre: change
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born
pauper -eris: poor, lowly
spēs speī f.: hope
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)