Friday, May 18, 2012

Lites, Leges


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Lites, Leges
Lis genuit leges, legum lis filia; vivi
Non sine lite solet, nec sine lege potest.


Strife Laws produc’d, and Law produceth Strife:
None without One of these can live this Life.

Source: John Owen (c.1564-c.1628), Epigrammata, 2.60. The English version is by Thomas Harvey. Meter: Elegiac. The poem is addressed to William Jones, Ad D. Guilielmum Jones, Iurisconsultum, Cognatum Suum. Note that vivi is a passive infinitive, complement to the verb solet.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

līs, lītis f. - lawsuit, quarrel

filia -ae f.; filius -ī m.: daughter; son
gīgno -ere genuī genitum: beget, bear, bring forth
lēx lēgis: f. law
neque, nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nōn: not
possum posse potuī: be able
sine: without (+ abl.)
soleo -ēre -uī -itum: be accustomed
vīvo -ere vīxī victum: live


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