Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gloria Nihil Est

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Gloria Nihil Est
Est etenim virtus aliquid, nil gloria; sicut
Est aliquid corpus, corporis umbra nihil.

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note the parallel constructions in both lines: virtus est aliquid, gloria (est) nil; corpus est aliquid, umbra (est) nihil.

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:

etenim: because, as a matter of fact

aliquis -quae -quod: some, any; si quis, si quid: anyone who, anything that
corpus corporis n.: body
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
sīcut: just as
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
umbra -ae f.: shade, shadow
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue