Friday, March 30, 2012

Corpus Terrae

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 6.44.

Corpus Terrae
Telluris lapides sunt ossa, metallaque nervi,
Pellis crusta, pili gramina, sanguis aqua.

Th’ Earth’s Bones are Stones, Skin Surface, Metalls Nerves.
The Grass for Hair, for Blood the Water serves.

Here is the vocabulary:

corpus - body
terra - land, earth
tellus - earth, ground
lapis - stone
sum - be, exist
os - bone
metallum - metal
que - and
nervus - sinew, muscle
pellis - skin
crusta - crust, hard surface
pilus - hair
gramen - grass
sanguis - blood
aqua - water