Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Malum Infinitum

430     -     431     -     432

Here is another distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 3.119:

Malum Infinitum
Mille modis morimur mortales, nascimur uno;
Sunt hominum morbi mille, sed una salus.

Born in one way, a thousand waies we die,
Our thousand Sores have but one Remedy.

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:

infīnītus -a -um - unlimited, endless, infinite

homo hominis m.: human being
malus -a -um: evil
mille (pl.) milia: thousand
modus -ī m.: measure, manner, kind
morbus -ī m.: sickness, disease
morior morī mortuus sum: die
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
nāscor nāscī nātus sum: be born; nātus, son
salūs -ūtis f.: health, safety
sed: but
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūnus -a -um: one