More on carpe diem

Very much in the carpe diem genre is the rousing Latin song usually known as “Gaudeamus Igitur” (but more accurately titled “De Brevitate Vitae”, which means “On the Shortness of Life”), still sometimes sung at university graduation ceremonies. There are at least ten verses, but the Latin capability of the average university student seldom takes them past the first verse.

The first three verses when translated say:

Let us rejoice, therefore,
While we are young.
After a pleasant youth
After a troubling old age
The earth will have us.
Where are they who, before us,
Were in the world?
Go to the heavens
Cross over into hell
If you wish to see them. Our life is brief.
Soon it will end.
Death comes quickly,
Snatches us cruelly
To nobody shall it be spared.

Even Shakespeare got in on the act, with a short poem, known as Carpe Diem, embedded in the text of Twelfth Night. See http://www.bartleby.com/106/26.html .

 
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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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