Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quando Mors Est Optima

Here is today's distich by Michele Verinus:

Quando Mors Est Optima
Optima mors tunc est, cum vita est criminis expers;
Mors felix, vita est cum tibi cara magis.

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:

expers, expertis - having no part in, free from

cārus -a -um: dear
crīmen -inis n.: verdict, accusation
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
fēlīx -īcis: lucky; adv. fēlīciter
magis: more
mors mortis f.: death
optimus -a -um: best, excellent; adv. optimē
quandō: when?; since; si quando: if ever
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
tum or tunc: then
vīta -ae f.: life