Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Adito Laborem, Vitam Age

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Adito Laborem, Vitam Age
Tamquam perpetuo victurus, adito laborem,
Et vitam, veluti cras moriturus, age.

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac.

Go to your work (adito laborem) just like (tamquam) you were going to live (victurus) forever (perpetuo), and live your life (et age vitam) as if (veluti) you were going to die (moriturus) tomorrow (cras).

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:

crās: tomorrow

adeō -īre -iī -itum: go to
agō agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
et: and
labor -ōris m.: toil, exertion
morior morī mortuus sum: die
perpetuus -a -um: unbroken, perpetual
tamquam: so as, just as
velut: even as, just as
vīta -ae f.: life
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live