Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mors Contemnenda et Non Contemnenda

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Mors Contemnenda et Non Contemnenda
Non metuas mortem; non obliviscere mortis:
Dante deo levis est, absque deo gravis est.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

absque: without, apart from, away from
oblīviscor, oblīviscī, oblitus: forget

contemnō -temnere -tempsī -temptum: despise, scorn, disdain
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dō dare dedī datum: give
et: and
gravis -e: heavy
levis -e: light, trivial
metuō metuere metuī: to fear, to dread
mors mortis f.: death
nōn: not
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist