A Movie Log

A blog formerly known as Bookishness

By Charles Matthews

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Classical Gas

Listening to Aretha sing "God Save the Queen" -- uh, I mean "America", brought back musty memories of high school Latin class, where we learned to sing:

Te cano, Patria,
candida, libera;
te referet
portus et exulum
et tumulus senum;
libera montium
vox resonet.

Because nobody studies Latin anymore, I guess I should explain that this is a rather free translation of "My country, 'tis of thee" etc., made by a Latin teacher named George D. Kellogg. I didn't remember all the lyrics, so I Googled it, which took me to some pretty obscure Web sites. (It's not on Wikipedia, although the Latin translation of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" -- "Mica, Mica Parva Stella" -- is.)


2 comments:

Aleta said...

Charles, only you would remember the Latin lyrics to "America." Diane Feinstein couldn't even remember the title.

Charles Matthews said...

But I neglected to mention The Hat, which Jon Carroll did so wonderfully today at http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/carroll/