Thursday, July 28, 2011

Invidus et Stultus

Here is another distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3.86.

Invidus et Stultus
Deficit hunc ratio recta, illum mens bona, verum
Cernere dum non vult ille, nec iste potest.

This wants right Reason, that a candid heart:
This cannot, and that will not Truth assert.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

invidus, -a, -um: spiteful, hateful, hostile
stultus, -a, -um: foolish, silly; fool

bonus -a -um: good
cernō cernere crēvī crētum: discern, separate
deficiō -ficere -fēcī -fectum: fail, give out; revolt from
dum: while (+ indic.); until (+ subj.); provided that (+ subj.)
et: and
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
ille illa illud: that
iste ista istud: that, that of yours; adv. istīc or istūc: over there; istinc: from over there
mēns mentis f.: mind
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nōn: not
possum posse potuī: be able
ratio -ōnis f.: method, plan, reason
rectus -a -um: straight, direct
vērus -a -um: true; vērē, truly
volō velle voluī: wish, be willing