Wednesday weirdness

If you’re old enough to have studied Latin back in your youth, this should bring back memories.

(UPDATE: The video I originally posted was far superior to this one, but YouTube deleted it for some reason.)

Amo, amas, I love a lass
As a cedar tall and slender;
Sweet cowslip’s grace is her nominative case,
And she’s of the feminine gender.

  Rorum, corum, sunt divorum,
  Harum, scarum divo;
  Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
  Hic hoc horum genitivo.

Can I decline a nymph divine?
Her voice as a flute is dulcis.
Her oculus bright, her manus white,
And soft, when I tacto, her pulse is.

  Rorum, corum, sunt divorum,
  Harum, scarum divo;
  Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
  Hic hoc horum genitivo.

Oh, how bella my puella,
I’ll kiss secula seculorum.
If I’ve luck, sir, she’s my uxor,
O dies benedictorum.

  Rorum, corum, sunt divorum,
  Harum, scarum divo;
  Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
  Hic hoc horum genitivo.

7 Responses to Wednesday weirdness

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. egorr says:

    And even if you don’t understand Latin, you can divine from the words what is transpiring.
    Fortunately, I’ve sung a LOT of Latin, but I don’t understand much.

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    • red says:

      That’s OK. The son-in-law was well over 30 before he learned to read classic Arabian, which his Koran is written in. He could quote lengthy passages, but had no idea what it meant. Most don’t. The stepdaughter told him one day, the imam was lying (an imam may ‘translate’ verses to suit himself–this one was a wannabe terrorist). She showed him in her English version and he refused to believe it. A linguistics expert, he studied classical, and read it, and would up getting kicked out of 3 mosques for calling imams liars. Right now, they’re in one where the imam preaches Jesus as a prophet, and Mohammed never demanded war-jihad. peace of Christ out Lord be on you!

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  3. My four years of Latin was… a while ago. Kinda rusty.

    Does Googyl Translator handle Latin? I wonder.

    And what would it do with

    Rorum, corum, sunt divorum,
    Harum, scarum divo;
    Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
    Hic hoc horum genitivo.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ibikenyc says:

    Acquiring facility (if not fluency) in Latin is still on my bucket list.

    However, I struggle with conjugating even my limited Spanish, and Amo / Amas / Amat are frequent players in NY Times puzzles, so I do appreciate this.

    (The choristers also look like they’re having a blast!)

    🙂

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