Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vita Hominis

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

Vita Hominis
Vita hominis brevis est, multoque repleta labore;
Cum natus subito est, inchoat ille 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:

inchoō, inchoāre: begin, enter upon
rēplētus, -a, -um: filled, refilled

brevis -e: short, shallow, brief; adv. breviter
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
homo hominis m.: human being
ille illa illud: that
labor -ōris m.: toil, exertion
morior morī mortuus sum: die
multus -a -um: much, many; multō, by far
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born
que (enclitic) - and
subitō: suddenly, unexpectedly
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīta -ae f.: life