Sunday, May 27, 2012

Divitis Mors Atque Pauperis

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Divitis Mors Atque Pauperis
Cum moritur dives, concurrunt undique cives;
Cum moritur pauper, sequitur vix unus et alter.

Source: Philosophia Patrum (ed. Wegeler), 189. Meter: Dactylic Hexameter. Note the rhyme: dives-cives.

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:

concurro, concurrere: assemble, run together

alter altera alterum: other of two
cīvis -is m./f.: citizen
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
dīves, dīvitis: rich (poet. dīs, dītis)
et: and
morior morī mortuus sum: die
pauper -eris: poor, lowly
sequor sequī secūtus sum: follow
undique: from all sides, on all sides
ūnus -a -um: one
vix: scarcely