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I would like to have something inscribed with this phrase, but in Latin:

"Be still and listen, the earth is singing"

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I'd offer something like this:

Sileamus atque audiamus, terra enim canit.

Let us be quiet and listen, for the earth is singing.

You can opt for sile/silete and audi/audite if you prefer direct commands, but I think an exhortation sounds better, and includes the speaker in the command as well.

Latin mottoes are free to ignore conjunctions (enim, "for"), but in a complete sentence like this, it's preferable to include one.

I chose silere over tacere, since the former is "stronger than" the latter, according to Lewis and Short. It's more than just a "be quiet", but "be still." It's a very subtle difference in nuance, and one that I believe isn't always held up in practice.

I also chose canere over cantare, since the former is explicitly used of animals singing (and the Platonic spheres).

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“Tacē et audī, Terra cantat.”

Or, if addressing several people rather than one:

“Tacēte et audīte, Terra cantat.”

Alternatively, use silē /silēte instead of tacē / tacēte. Tacē is more about not speaking, while silē would be more about not making sounds in general, which includes speaking, but isn't limited to it.

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