24 July 2016

Latin Phrases on a Tombstone

Latin is a classic language originally spoken in Latium, Italy.  And it's still the official language of parts of the Catholic Church.

Two Latin phrases I recently found in the cemetery are below.  I thought to share them here in case anyone is looking for a translation.  First up:  Deus vobiscum or Deus nobiscum.

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I couldn't make out the letter just to the left of the crease in the open book sculpture above, but both translated to similar phrases:  God be with you or God with us.

The second phrase I come across (on the same stone, actually) was Fideli certa merces.

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This translates to – To the faithful there is certain reward.

These phrases were found on the tombstone for J. W. Pierce (1865-1901) at Level Creek Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

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4 comments:

Pamela Wright said...

My husband gets very frustrated when he doesn't know what an epitaph says so he bought himself a simple Latin dictionary.

Stephanie Lincecum said...

Excellent idea, Pamela!

Darla M Sands said...

That is a clever idea! I'm grateful for this blog where I always learn something new. The source of Latin was unknown to me, sad as that is to admit. Thank you for this!

Stephanie Lincecum said...

You're not alone, Darla. I didn't know the origin until I looked it up for this post. :-)

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