Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spes Altera Vita

399     -     400     -     401

Spes Altera Vita
Securus moritur, qui scit se morte renasci:
Non ea mors dici, sed nova vita potest.

Source: Joachim Camerarius (1534-1598), Symbola, 1.100. Meter: Elegiac. Here Camerarius uses the metaphor of plants that die but leave their seed behind, and thus come back to life. The emblem shows the seeds going into the ground, where there are also human bones, awaiting the resurrection.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

renascor, renascī - be revived, be born again

alter altera alterum: other of two
dīco dīcere dīxī dictum: say; causam dicere, plead a case; diem dicere, appoint a day
is ea, id: he, she, it; eō, there, to that place
morior morī mortuus sum: die
mors mortis f.: death
nōn: not
novus -a -um: new
possum posse potuī: be able
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
scio -īre -īvī/-iī -ītum: know
sēcūrus -ā -um: free from care, tranquil; careless
sed: but
spēs, speī f.: hope
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
vīta -ae f.: life