Monday, April 9, 2012


190     -     191     -     192

In mundo nil constat; in orbem vertitur orbis:
Quid mirum, recti quod sit in orbe nihil?

I’ th’ world’s no Constancy; All’s Circular:
What wonder Then no Rectitude is There?

Source: John Owen (c.1564-c.1628), Epigrammata, 1.49. The English version is by Thomas Harvey. Meter: Elegiac. Notice the nice play on words here, where the orb of the earth, orbis, moves in a circular orbit, in orbem vertitur.

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

Nothing in the world (in mundo nil) stands still (constat); the earth's circle (orbis) turns in a circle (in orbem vertitur): no wonder then (quid mirum), that there's nothing straight/correct (quod recti sit nihil) in the world (in orbe).

mīrus, -a, -um: strange, amazing

cōnstō -stāre -stitī: agree; constat, it is established that (+ infin.)
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
mundus -ī m.: world, universe, heavens
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
nihil, nīl: nothing; not at all
orbis -is m.: circle; orbis terrārum: world
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
rectus -a -um: straight, direct
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vertō vertere vertī versum: turn