Friday, July 13, 2012

Intra Fortunam Tuam Mane

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Intra Fortunam Tuam Mane
Tutius in parvis poteris consistere rebus;
   Intra fortunam disce manere tuam.

Source: Josephus Perez (1627-1694), Hortulus Carminum.  Meter: Elegiac. Note the way the prepositional phrase wrap elegantly around the verbal phrases: in parvis...rebus in the first line, and intra fortunam...tuam in the second line.

You will be able to persist more safely (poteris consistere tutius) in humble circumstances (in parvis rebus); learn to remain (disce manere) within your fortune (intra fortunam tuam).

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

cōnsistō -sistere -stitī: take position; consist (+ abl.)
discō -ere didicī: learn
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
intrā: within (+ acc.)
maneō manēre mānsī mānsum: remain
parvus -a -um: small
possum posse potuī: be able
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
tutus -a -um: safe, protected
tuus -a -um: your