Friday, July 20, 2012


451     -     452     -     453

Here is another distich by John Owen, with an English translation by Thomas Harvey, 9.49:

Venit in hunc mundum; vidit mortalia, mortem
Vicit, et ad superos in sua regna redit.

Christ came into this World, saw mortal men,
Death overcame, returned into Heaven.

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:

Christus (Christī, m.): Christ

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
et: and
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
mors mortis f.: death
mortālis -e: liable to death, mortal
mundus -ī m.: world, universe, heavens
redeō -īre -iī -itum: go back, return
rēgnum -ī n.: kingship, kingdom
superus -a -um: situated above, upper; superī -ōrum m. pl.: those above, i.e. the gods
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
veniō venīre vēnī ventum: come
videō vidēre vīdī vīsum: see
vincō vincere vīcī victum: conquer