dylanap (dylanap) wrote in linguaphiles,

Latin Question

In my novel, two characters have just seen a performance of Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus." One character roughly translates the line: Esto nobis praegustatum, in mortis examine.

Now I know the literal translation is "Let this be for us a foretaste in the trial of death." That, however, is way too clunky for dialog. I want the one character to do a rough translation for the other.

This is what I've come up with: "Let this give us a glimpse of our death."

Now the characters are not in a Latin class; this is just a casual conversation between two buddies. Would someone who took Latin in school umpteen years ago roughly translate the line the way I have done so? Does this give the essence without completely botching it?

Thanks in advance.
Tags: latin

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