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Latin poem: Nox et Lux (“Night and Light” in English)

By Sarah Copeland ~ Guest Writer

Nox et Lux

Quis es tū iūdicāre tenebrās?

Cōgitās esse dē malō et dolō, timēs arcanum.

Dissimulat mendacia quae dant miserīs actīs.

Bonum occultatur tenebrīs et domātur.

Est presentia ignota, itaque terret virōs.

Vocās et putās singulum dictum, sed non vēro vidēs

Tenebrae pulchrae sunt, et ūnā laborant cum luce.

Juvat facere differentiam quae format terram videndam clare.

Tenebrae generant locum servandum ā vigiliā solis.

Sol quī indicat causās aut populōs quī dēbent esse occultī.

Lux locat magnum destinatum ubī videt.

Umquam spectat, numquam inhibet, aut audit clāmōribus.

Dolet et dat dolorem post longōs dies in suīs radiīs.

Dum nox tē servat ab onere diēī.

Ita cūr timēs tenebrās et noctem?

Cum lux numquam populōs vī suā excubāre et superāre dēsinit.


Night and Light

Who are you to judge the shadows?

You think it is of evil and treachery, you fear the mystery.

It hides lies which give to wretched acts.

Good is taken by the shadows, and is subdued.

It is an unknown presence, and so it frightens men.

You say and you think every word, but do not truly see.

The dark is beautiful, and works together with the light.

It helps to make a contrast which forms the land to be seen brightly.

The dark creates a place to be safe from the sun’s watch.

The sun which reveals things or people that need to be hidden.

Light puts a great target everywhere it sees.

Ever it watches, it never stops, or listens to the cries.

It hurts and causes pain after long days in its rays.

While the night shields you from the burden of day.

So why is it that you fear the darkness and the night?

When the light never stops watching and conquering people with its might.