Friday, February 24, 2012

Owen 7.29: Sanguis

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 7.29.

Sum crudus, vocor inde cruor, per corpora curro,
Volvor, et in venis sanguis ut anguis eo.

I'm Crude, call'd Blood: A circled course I keep,
And Snake-like through the bodies Veins I creep.

Here is the vocabulary:

sanguis - blood
sum - be, exist
crudus - raw, bleeding, crude
voco - call, name
inde - from there, consequently
cruor - gore, bloodshed
per - through
corpus - body
curro - run, race
volvo - turn, roll
et - and
in - in, into
vena - blood vessel, vein
ut - as, like
anguis - serpent, snake
eo - go