Monday, July 16, 2012

Fama Perennis

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Fama Perennis
Transit honos, transit fortuna, pecunia transit
Omnis, sed tantum fama perennis erit.

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

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:

Honor passes away (transit honos), so does luck (transit fortuna), so does all your money (pecunia transit omnis), but reputation alone (sed tantum fama) will last through the years (perennis erit).

perennis, -e (perennis): lasting through the years

fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
pecūnia -ae f.: money
sed: but
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tantus -a -um: so great, so much; tantum: only
trānseō -īre -iī -itum: go across