Thursday, July 28, 2011

Vocis Mensurae Tres

Here is another distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 4.10.

Vocis Mensurae Tres
Vox tua mensuris desiderat e tribus unam:
Lata satis, nimium longa, profunda parum.

Of three Dimensions thou but one dost sound,
That’s broad enough, too long, but not profound.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

mensūra (mensūrae, f.): measure, proportion
profundus, -a, -um: deep, profound, vast

dēsīderō -āre: long for, desire greatly
ex ē: out of, from (+ abl.)
lātus -a -um: broad, wide
longus -a -um: long, far; longē: far, far off
nimius -a -um: too much, excessive; nimis or nimium: excessively
parum: too little
satis/sat: enough, sufficient
trēs tria: three
tuus -a -um: your
ūnus -a -um: one
vōx vōcis f.: voice, utterance

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