Friday, April 27, 2012

De Iure et Iustitia

Here is today's distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3.56. Owen address this poem to his friend Richard Trevor, Doctor at Law, Ad Amicum Suum Ricardum Trevor, L. L. Doctorem.

De Iure et Iustitia
Trita magis iuris quam iustitiae via, quamquam
Iuris iter longum, iustitiaeque breve est.

The way to Law than Justice more we trace,
Though this the shorter, that’s the longer Race.

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:

iustitia f. - justice, righteousness
terō -ere, trīvī, trītum - wear away, wear out, tread

brevis -e: short, shallow, brief; adv. breviter
dē: down from, about, concerning (+ abl.)
et: and
iter itineris n.: journey, route
iūs iūris n.: right, justice, law
longus -a -um: long, far; longē: far, far off
magis: more
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
quamquam: however, although
que (enclitic) - and
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
via -ae f.: way, street