Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Umbrae Magnae

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This little poem is from Giuseppe Gatti's Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi, published in 1703.

Umbrae Magnae
Non miror tenebras, Christo moriente, fuisse;
Semper magnae umbrae, sole cadente, cadunt.

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:

I am not surprised (non miror) that there was darkness (tenebras fuisse) when Christ was dying (Christo moriente); a great darkness (magnae umbrae) always descends (semper cadunt) when the sun is setting (sole cadente).

Christus (Christī, m.): Christ

cadō cadere cecidī cāsum: fall, be killed
māgnus -a -um great
mīror mīrārī mīrātus sum: wonder at, marvel at (+ acc.)
morior morī mortuus sum: die
nōn: not
semper: always, ever
sōl sōlis m.: sun
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tenebrae -brārum f. pl.: darkness, the shadows
umbra -ae f.: shade, shadow