You can listen to the whole chorus being sung in Latin here (be sure to enable Latin subtitles). The performer is Roland Kadan, an Austrian Latin teacher who has published a whole Latin songbook.
He translates the first sentence thus:
Vade, mens, mota aureis alis
… which is as good a translation as any. The mota is not really necessary and not found in the ...
I apologize if this comes across as a non-answer, but I cannot help giving it.
I have translated several songs into Latin for professional singers.
Good translations take a lot of work:
I make sure the singer is comfortable with the translation. I add or remove syllables or avoid words they find awkward for some reason.
I make the rhyme, alliteration, and ...
Actually, I disagree: this sentence does have a coherent meaning in Latin, if my parsing is correct.
Rather than as a noun, I read comploratus as the past participle of comploro which has attested forms of taking the accusative (see the first example in the linked entry). It is rare and post-Augustinian, but it is not incorrect.
The rest is not hard to put ...
There is not much to clarify in the first line, mortiat is not proper Latin. One might imagine a word like mortire, but the sentence would still not parse. Proper if perhaps not idiomatic Latin would be: lux moriatur (literally: “may the light die”). Other ways to say “death to X” were discussed in this question.
As for the second sentence, reginae does ...
Decorus is an adjective that means, in this context, "decorated, ornamented, adorned; elegant, fine, beautiful, handsome." In this case, it is substantivized, "beautiful one."
Valde is the adverb form of validus ("strong") and can be used with a verb, adjective, or adverb to intensify it. It's essentially a glorified way of saying "very."
The whole bolded ...
Your motto made me recall Ovid's famous line:
Donec eris felix multos numerabis amicos.
As long as you are happy you will have many friends.
Imitating this and holding on to hexameter, I arrived at this suggestion:
Donec eris mihi par poteris tibi vivere liber.
As long as you are my equal you can live your own life free.
This is not exactly what ...
The following phrase should suit you just fine if your desire is an entirely literal translation, rather than something more pragmatic:
Lībertās nūlla dōnec aequālēs sumus.
or Lībertātem nūllam habēbimus dōnec aequālēs sumus.
Which translates literally to:
No freedom until we are equal.
We shall have no freedom until we are equal.
Let us first start with Luke.
In pax hominibus bonae voluntatis the word hominibus is not ablative but dative.
The two forms look alike here, but context reveals the intended case.
It means "to the people".
Therefore I would offer this translation:
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
And on Earth peace to people of good will
It seems that the ...
The first two lines are not second person plural.
They are absolute ablatives (one for each line) and therefore "impersonal".
The first line has confutare (silence) and maledictus (cursed) and reads roughly "When the cursed ones are silenced".
The second line also has implicitly maledictis and the other part of the absolute ablative is the participle ...
Alas, @Tendero, I'm afraid that prodigia comploratus silens oro regnet exitium doesn't have a coherent meaning as a Latin expression.
Comploratus silens means something like "silent lamentation," but there isn't any way for prodigia (which means "wonders" or "miracles") to go along with it grammatically—"silent lamentation of wonders" would work in English ...
Perhaps you meant
Salve Britannia, Regina nobilis, ...floreat
which can be translated as
Hail Britannia, noble Queen, ... may [she] prosper
(thanks to draconis for correcting an earlier error).
Salve is an expression of praise, or welcoming, or goodbye. Nobilis can mean noble, but also famous. So you would need the full context to asses the exact ...
First, note that in omnibus can't mean "into everything" but only "in everything, in all things".
I would take Vernales as beginning a new sentence that goes on to mores, with those two words together meaning "springtime customs". The reason I think Vernales does not actually go with flores, as it would seem to at first sight, is that Medieval Latin poetry ...
The first comma is just phrasing in the tune; it doesn't add to the sense. It may have been
'Salve Britanniae Regina gracilis, ..floreat nobilis
(God) save you, gracious Queen of Britain; may she flourish the noble...
Just for comparison, a completely different Latin version of the National Anthem is given at latinisedhymns.org.
And here, poems to the ...
Indeed the singers pronounce lucem as /luˈkɛːm/, but their pronunciation is actually inconsistent, e.g. vince is [ˈvɪŋ.kɛ] (neither Classical nor Ecclesiastical), and "ae" is pronounced [e] in praesta but also [ae̯] in iunctae.
The description of this video gives the correct lyrics: it is not lude! but certa! (struggle!, strive!).
The lyrics seem to be a corruption of:
This means, "Peace be with you." The subsequent lyrics of the song confirm this.
Though this particular phrase doesn't occur in the Gospel narrative, the angel choir's song in Luke 2:14 is quite similar:
Gloria in altissimis Deo, Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Concerning the ...
As you say, the ablative absolute is translated freely, as an imperative. But that is completely normal, because, in a liberal/literary translation, any participial construction can be translated as a paratactic (parallel) clause to the main clause, so you'd get two parallel imperatives. So all those translations you posted of the abl. abs. are perfectly ...
Here is my take on the lyrics:
cum memoriis vivo,
haec mi vera libertas.
I found something with matching lyrics on YouTube and guessed that this might be the song you are interested in. I made sure the translation is actually singable. The rhythm of the original is fairly free, but it does exist.
The key to a good translation is getting not just the literal meaning, but the sense of the words across. So I'm going to skip over fairly unambiguous words like "this" and "heart", as well as the grammar, and just focus on the more interesting words.
Senia doesn't feel quite right. To me, senex describes a person, not an object.
To add on to Sebastian's answer, ad is primarily for motion, and should not be confused with an indirect object. It's the 'to' as in 'to/for' (I gave him the ball, I gave the ball to him), and not 'to/toward. You can't say "I gave the ball toward him," which is what you'd be saying with the ad + the accusative. The indirect object (reginae, regi) ...
According to the entry for oblivisci in L&S, the verb can be used with other verbs in two ways: with the infinitive (I.δ) or with a relative clause (I.ε).
The infinitive is the best fit for this purpose.
Out of the negative imperative options you list, (b) and (c) are by far the most common ones.
Negating the regular imperative with ne is very ...
I don't know how much you want changed, so I'll just tackle your two questions for now.
What about: Super omnia amorem desideras, "You desire love above all." (cf. Aeneid 9.283)
Is there a reason you're in the plural here? But anyway, the grammar breaks down heavily here. Why is it vocative? The lack of punctuation in the English is actually an ...
A few notes:
Exsecare seems a good fit. Excidere would also be an option.
Ita is not correct (it answers to quomodo), it should be itaque (or quare for example, there are many possibilities).
I also think it is uncommon to combine et with deinde – at least classically – so it seems more idiomatic to me to strike the et. You could also simply say tum. In ...
Is seems odd to me even to suggest that hominibus might be the ablative/instrumental case, The Gloria is hardly the greatest work of art from any point of view, but simple balance alone—gloria Deo in excelsis||pax hominibus in terra—would put God and men in the dative. Besides, pax/peace is a state, and pax hominibus(abl) would be meaningless.
The important ...
One of the fans wrote this down
timebam me te invenire
oculis tuis me perlegentem
et quid viri sim
timebam me de te perire amore
I can add that the second verse is a repeat. That the third verse contains the word semper, (always). It means, roughly,
"I was afraid that I would find you reading me thoroughly with your eyes, and ...
A valid translation of the relevant piece would be:
O most (lit. very) beautiful [Lady]!
Decora is an adjective, feminine in gender (see meaning II for the beautiful sense).
Valde is an intensity adverb making decora an augmentative (i.e., very beautiful). The relevant part of the definition is:
Not sure about the punctuation, but the noun is either ...
Here's a second uneducated guess, based on yet more googling.
Imitantur is being used impersonally, referring to things in general, with the object mores vernales.
In omnibus here means "in all respects".
Quoting note 149 of this guide to De Bello Civili:
The impersonal passive is often, very effectively, used in Latin to give ...
Here's an uneducated guess, based on an evening's googling.
An earlier version of the poem appears in the Carmina Burana, §105 in this book but usually counted §142:
Tempus adest floridum,
Surgunt namque flores,
Vernales mox in omnibus
Iam mutantur mores.
You have to fudge Vernales to fit the melody, which seems strange, but another source ...
Here is an option worth considering:
Perhaps imitare is meant as a non-deponent verb, making imitantur passive.
Thus imitantur mores would be read as something like "the traditions are followed".
Then the stanza would consist of three independent statements separated by commas:
Tempus adest floridum
surgunt namque flores vernales in omnibus