Sunday, November 6, 2011


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Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3:104.

Seu mortis venit, seu nondum venerit, hora,
Culpa est nolle mori, culpaque velle mori.

Whether Deaths hour be come or not, abhor it
To be too willing, or unwilling for it.

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:

aequanimitas, aequanimitātis f. - calmness, good will

culpa -ae f.: guilt, fault, blame
hōra -ae f.: hour
morior morī mortuus sum: die
mors mortis f.: death
nōlo nōlle, nōluī: be unwilling
nōndum: not yet
que: and (enclitic)
sīve, seu: whether; sīve . . . sīve, whether . . . or
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
venio -īre vēnī ventum: come
volo velle voluī: wish, be willing