Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pro Patria Cara

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Pro Patria Cara
Pro patria moriens cara, post funera vivit;
   Pro patria laus est non moritura mori.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus. Meter: Elegiac. The poem expresses a paradoxical promise: the person who is willing to die for his country, mori, will have a fame that will not die, non moritura.

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

cārus -a -um: dear
fūnus funeris n.: funeral; death; dead body
laus laudis f.: praise, glory
morior morī mortuus sum: die
nōn: not
patria -ae f.: fatherland, country
post: after (adv. and prep. +acc.)
prō: for, on behalf of, in proportion to (+abl.)
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

For the Dear Homeland
Someone who dies (moriens) for the dear homeland (pro patria cara) lives on after the funeral (vivit post funera); it is undying praise (laus non moritura est) to die for the homeland (mori pro patria).

Pro patri~a mori~ens ca~ra, post ~ funera ~ vivit;
   Pro patri~a laus ~ est | non mori~tura mo~ri.