Sunday, May 27, 2012

Epitaphium Puellae

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These lines are from a Roman epitaph.

Epitaphium Puellae
Tu pater, et mater, lacrimis retinete dolorem,
nam fato raptam non potes eripere.

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

You, Father (tu pater), and you, Mother (et mater), restrain your tearful grief (retinete lacrimis dolorem) for you cannot (nam non potes) rescue your daughter (eripere) who was snatched (raptam) by fate (fato).

dolor -ōris m.: pain, grief
ēripio -ere -ripuī -reptum: snatch away, rescue, save
et: and
fātum -ī n.: fate
lacrima -ae f.: tear
māter, mātris f.: mother
nam: for, indeed, really
nōn: not
pater, patris m.: father, ancestor
possum posse potuī: be able
rapio rapere rapuī raptum: seize, tear away
retineo -ēre -uī retentum: hold back, keep
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)