Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Semper Idem

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 10.58.

Semper Idem / Semper Eadem / Semper Idem
Spes eademque fides sit semper, amorque sit idem,
Ingeniumque tibi sit sibi semper idem.

Let Faith, Hope, Charity be still the same;
The same thy Wit, still kept within its frame.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

amor -ōris m.: love
fidēs -eī f.: trust, faith
īdem eadem idem: the same
ingenium -ī n.: disposition, ability, talent
que (enclitic) - and
semper: always, ever
spēs speī f.: hope
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)

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