Thursday, June 16, 2016

6. Temporibus Suis

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Temporibus Suis
Tempore, quae non sunt, sunt; quae sunt, tempore non sunt:
Omnia temporibus sunt pereuntque suis.

Source: Adagiorum Maxime Vulgarium Thesaurus (1730). Meter: Elegiac. I haven't printed the poem here in the larger font because the first line is unusually long and I didn't want it to run over! The Latin tempore here means something like the English expression "with time" or "in time, in the course of time." Note also the implied antecedents for the relative pronoun: [haec], quae non sunt, sunt; [haec] quae sunt...

In time (tempore), those things which are not (quae non sunt), are (sunt); those things which are (quae sunt), in time are not (tempore non sunt): all things are and are gone (sunt pereuntque) in their own time (temporibus suis).

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

nōn: not
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
pereō -īre -iī -itum: perish, be lost
que (enclitic) - and
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tempus -oris n.: time