Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fortuna Vocor

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Fortuna Vocor
En ego Fortuna; si starem sorte sub una
Et non mutarer, numquam Fortuna vocarer.

Source: Florilegium Gottingense (ed. Voigt), 333. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhymes in both lines: Fortuna-una and mutarer-vocarer.

Behold, I am Luck (en ego Fortuna); if I were to remain (si starem) in one condition (sorte sub una) and not change (et non mutarer), I would never be called Luck (numquam Fortuna vocarer).

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:

ēn: look! behold!

ego me mihi mē: I, me
et: and
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
mūto -āre: change
nōn: not
numquam: never
sī: if
sors, sortis f.: lot, fate, destiny; oracle
sto stāre stetī statum: stand
sub: under, close to (+acc. or abl.)
ūnus -a -um: one
voco -āre: call