Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vita Brevis, Mors Cita

This poem is from the proverbial distichs of Georgius Carolides (1569-1612), which you can read online at the University of Mannheim.

Vita Brevis, Mors Cita
Mortales quorsum vanos ambimus honores?
Vita brevis; rerum mors cita finis erit.

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

ambiō, ambīre: go around, solicit, seek
quorsum: to what place, to what purpose?

brevis -e: short, shallow, brief; adv. breviter
cītus -a -um: swift; citō swiftly
fīnis -is m.: end, boundary
honor -ōris m.: honor, glory; office, post
mors mortis f.: death
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vanus -a -um: empty; false, deceitful
vīta -ae f.: life