Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tres Haustus

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 6.10. This is a nice play on the idea of why you might take three drinks - taking care of that past thirst first and then your present thirst, while hoping that the third drink will take care of any future thirst yet to come!

Tres Haustus
Prateritam primus, praesentem proximus haustus,
Venturam extinguat tertius iste sitim.

First draught thirst past, present the next abates.
For the third future thirst anticipates.

Here is the vocabulary:

tres - three
haustus - draft, drink
praeteritus - past
primus - first
praesens - present
proximus - next
venturus - to come, future
extinguo - quench
tertius - third
iste - that, that one
sitis - thirst

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