Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nunc Dormire, Nunc Vigilare

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Nunc Dormire, Nunc Vigilare
Est tempus fandi, standi est, et tempus eundi;
Nunc dormire licet, nunc vigilare bonum.

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

There is a time (est tempus) for speaking (fandi), a time for staying (standi est), and a time for going (et tempus eundi); sometimes it is right (nunc licet) to sleep (dormire), sometimes it is a thing (nunc bonum) to stay awake (vigilare).

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:

vigilō, vigilāre: be awake, be on guard

bonus -a -um: good
dormiō -īre: sleep
eo īre iī/īvī itum: go
et: and
for fārī fātus sum: report, say
licet licuit licitum est: it is permitted (+ dat. of person + infin.); conj. licet: even though
nunc: now
stō stāre stetī statum: stand
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tempus -oris n.: time

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