Friday, April 13, 2012

Oratio

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3.52.

Oratio
Christus uti clausis penetraverat ostia portis
Sic caeli penetrant invia claustra preces.


PRAYER
As Christ transpierc’d the Doors fast shut at even:
So Prayers pierce th’ Impenetrable Heaven.

Here is the vocabulary:

oratio - prayer
Christus - Christ
ut - as
clausus - closed
penetro - enter
ostium - doorway, entrance
porta - gate, city gates, door
sic - thus
caelum - sky, heaven
invius - impassable, inaccessible
claustrum - bolt, barrier, door
prex - prayer, request

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