Thursday, January 26, 2012

Novus Homo

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 7.13. This epigram by Owen depends on an elegant play on words in the Latin: depelle de pelle and decute de cute.

Novus Homo
Quod superest, de pelle tua depelle vetustum,
De cute peccati decute triste iugum.

Depel, Dispel that old-grown Man of Sin,
And, with the new Man, a new life begin.

Here is the vocabulary:

novus - new
homo - man, person
qui - who, which, that
supersum - remain, be left over
de - from
pellis - skin, hide
tuus - your, yours
depello - push away, remove
vetustus - old, aged, former
cutis - skin
peccatum - sin
decutio - shake off, dislodge
tristis - sad
iugum - yoke