Sunday, May 20, 2012

Disce et Vitam Age

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Disce et Vitam Age
Disce velut nullo umquam sis moriturus in aevo:
   Vitam, ceu semper sis moriturus, age.

Source: Urbano Appendini (1777-1834), De Educatione Disticha. Meter: Elegiac.

Learn (disce) as if (velut) you were not ever (nullo umquam in aevo) going to die (sis moriturus); live your life (vitam age) as if (ceu) you were always about to die (semper sis moriturus).

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:

ceu: as, like, just as

aevum -i n.: eternity; lifetime, age
ago agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
disco -ere didicī: learn
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
morior morī mortuus sum: die
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
semper: always, ever
umquam: ever
velut: even as, just as
vīta -ae f.: life