Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Epitaphium: Precare Mihi

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This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is an epitaph.

Epitaphium: Precare Mihi
Tu quod es, hospes, eram; quod ego sum, tu quoque fies;
Quae tibi vis fieri iusta, precare mihi.

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

What you are (tu quod es), stranger (hospes), I was (eram); what I am (quod ego sum), you also will be (tu quoque fies); what things (quae) you want to happen (vis fieri) by right to you (iusta tibi), pray to happen for me (precare mihi).

ego meī mihi mē: I, me
fīō fierī factus sum: become
hospes hospitis m.: guest, guest-friend; stranger; host
iūstus -a -um: right, just, fair
precor -ārī: pray, invoke
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
quoque: also, too
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing