Wednesday, February 29, 2012

O felix mortale genus...

Here is today's Rhyming Distich, and here are some more posts with Rhyming Distichs. This one comes from the Florilegium Gottingense edited by Voigt.

O felix mortale genus, si semper haberet
Aeternum prae mente decus mortemque timeret!

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list!

aeternus -a -um: everlasting, eternal
decus, decoris n.: beauty, grace; ornament, glory, honor
fēlīx -īcis: lucky; adv. fēlīciter
genus, generis n.: origin, lineage, kind
habeo -ēre -uī habitum: have, hold
mēns mentis f.: mind
mors mortis f.: death
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
prae: in front of, before, because of (+abl.)

-que: and
semper: always, ever
sī: if
timeo -ēre -uī: to fear, to dread