Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Quod Differtur Non Aufertur

413     -     414     -     415

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 9.29.

Quod Differtur Non Aufertur
Differt non aufert mortem longissima vita;
Quid differt igitur cras hodieve mori?

Long Life deferrs but takes not Death away;
What differs then, to die this, or next day?

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:

crās, adverb - tomorrow

-ve: or
aufero -ferre abstulī ablātum: take away
differo differre distulī dīlātum: scatter; publish, divulge; differ; defer, postpone
hodiē: today
igitur: therefore
longus -a -um: long, far; longē, far, far off
morior morī mortuus sum: die
mors mortis f.: death
nōn: not
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
vīta -ae f.: life