Monday, March 12, 2012

De Prodigo et Avaro

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 8.37.

De Prodigo et Avaro
Prodigus omnis homo miser est, miser omnis avarus,
Istius miseri filius ille miser.

Both these are wretched: And it oft doth fall
That th’ Heirs of Cov’tous men prove Prodigal.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

avārus -a -um - greedy, stingy, miser
prōdigus -a -um - wasteful, lavish, prodigal

dē: down from, about, concerning (+ abl.)
et: and
filia -ae f.; filius -ī m.: daughter; son
homo hominis m.: human being
ille illa illud: that
iste ista istud: that, that of yours; adv. istīc or istūc: over there; istinc: from over there
miser misera miserum: wretched, pitiable
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist