Friday, January 27, 2012

Natalis

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 8.14.

Natalis
Ad praesentia nascor, et ad ventura renascor.
Natalis prior est ille, sed hoc potior.


THE BIRTH-DAY
To present born, reborn to future things,
The present’s first, the last more comfort brings.


The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words which are not on the DCC list:

nātālis, nātāle; nātālis - birth (adj.), native; birthday
renascor, -ī, renātus - be revived, be born again, be renewed

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
et: and
hic, haec, hoc: this; hōc, on this account
ille, illa, illud: that
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born; nātus, son
potis -e: powerful, able
praesēns -ntis: present, in person, ready
prior -ius: earlier, preceding; prius or priusquam, before
sed: but
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
venio -īre vēnī ventum: come



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