Sunday, March 25, 2012


Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3.43. As often, Owen plays with the paradoxical tension between the two lines: God is both measurelessly great, but at the same time he is but one.

Immensus Deus est, quia scilicet omnia mensus;
Innumerabilis est, unus enim Deus est.

God is Immense, all measuring alone:
And He’s Innumerable; for but but one.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are three words which are not on the DCC list:

immensus -a -um - immeasurable, limitless, vast
innumerābilis, innumerābile; innumerābilis - countless, innumerable
mētior, mētīrī, mensus - measure, distribute, mete

deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
enim: for, indeed
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
quia: because
scilicet: certainly, of course
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūnus -a -um: one