Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fortitudo

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3.35.

Fortitudo
Scit sapiens, vult cuique suum ius reddere iustus;
Qui facere hoc audet, fortis habendus erit.


FORTITUDE
The Wise doth know, the Just will do what’s right,
Who dares thus, shall b’ esteem’d a man of might.

Here is the vocabulary:

fortitudo - strength
scio - know
sapiens - wise; wise man
volo - want, wish, will
quisque - each, every
suus - reflexive possessive adj.
ius - justice, law, right
reddo - return, repay
iustus - just, righteous
qui - who, which, that
facio - do, make
hic - this, this one
audeo - dare
fortis - strong
habeo - have; (pass.) be considered

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