Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gloria Umbra Virtutis

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Gloria Umbra Virtutis
Contemnit laudem virtus, licet usque sequatur
Gloria virtutem, corpus ut umbra suum.

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note the use of licet with the subjunctive: licet sequatur, "even if it follows, although it follows."

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:

Excellence scorns praise (contemnit laudem virtus), although (licet) glory ever follows excellence (usque sequatur
gloria virtutem), as the shadow follows the body (corpus ut umbra suum).

licet: although, granted that

contemnō -temnere -tempsī -temptum: despise, scorn, disdain
corpus corporis n.: body
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
laus laudis f.: praise, glory
sequor sequī secūtus sum: follow
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
umbra -ae f.: shade, shadow
ūsque: up to; continuously
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)

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