Sunday, May 27, 2012

Olim non fuimus...

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These lines are from a Roman epitaph. As often with Roman epitaphs, it speaks directly to the passer by, addressing the living viewer.

Olim non fuimus, nati sumus; unde quieti
nunc sumus, ut fuimus; cura relicta, vale.

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

cūra -ae f.: care, concern
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born; nātus, son
nōn: not
nunc: now
ōlim: formerly, at that time
quiēsco -ere quiēvī quiētum: keep quiet; sleep
relinquo -linquere -līquī -lictum: abandon
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
unde: from where
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)
valeo valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē, farewell!