Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Suae Quisque Faber Fortunae

This is from the enormous anthology of distich poetry assembled by Barthold Nihus, Epigrammata Disticha, published in 1642; the poem is by Albertus Fridericus Millemannus:

Suae Quisque Faber Fortunae
Non sors te fugiet, modo tu non desere sortem;
Fortunae propriae est quilibet ipse faber.

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

faber (fabrī, m.): artisan, craftsman, maker
quīlibet, quaelibet, quodlibet: whoever, anybody

dēserō -ere dēseruī dēsertum: leave, desert, abandon
fortūna -ae f.: fortune
fugiō fugere fūgī fugitum: flee, escape
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
modo: just, just now
nōn: not
proprius -a -um: one’s own, peculiar
quis- quae- quidque: each one, everyone
sors sortis f.: lot, fate, destiny; oracle
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)