Friday, March 23, 2012


Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 10.42. Owens addressed this poem to John Williams, a fellow Welshman and the Principal of Jesus College, Oxford.

Scrutaris tu scripturas veteresque novasque,
Ianus es, a tergo quid sit, et ante vides.

Thou dost the Scriopture search, both old and new;
Thou Janus art, before-behind doth view.

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

Ianus - Janus (Roman god)
scriptūra f. - writing, composition, scripture
scrūtor, -ārī - examine thoroughly, search, explore

ā ab abs: from, by (+abl.)
ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
ante: before, in front of (adv. and prep. + acc.)
et: and
novus -a -um: new
que (enclitic) - and
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
tergum -ī n.: back, rear; a tergō: from the rear
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vetus veteris: old
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see