Latin: Is the grammar correct?

Reply Tue 17 Feb, 2009 10:28 am
This is for a tattoo. I've taken some time to translate myself and with help from a few friends and online services I have managed to phrase this the best I could. I am now looking for 3rd party reassurance that this is correct. It's for a tattoo and I'd like more opinions.

Lord, grant me the patience to accept what cannot be changed, the courage to
change what must be changed and the wisdom to know one from the other.

Domine, concede mihi patientiam qua immutabilia boni consulam, virtutem qua mutanda mutem, et prudentiam qua inter utrumque diiudicem.
Reply Tue 17 Feb, 2009 02:04 pm
I'm not familiar with your use of "qua" with the subjunctive. That's not to say
it's wrong; I'm just not familiar with it. Assuming that that is correct usage, I
can't find any grammatical errors.

I would not consider the above as enough "reassurance" for a tattoo.

Reply Tue 17 Feb, 2009 02:35 pm
Hi George,

Many thanks for your reply.

The use of "qua" was suggested by a Portuguese colleague of mine who was not 100% sure himself, however after confirming with a scholar friend of his he finally insisted it was correct.

I will definitely hold out for a few more suggestions before allowing my dear friend to have their body etched with ink (eek!).
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Reply Tue 17 Feb, 2009 04:45 pm
Ye Gads - You're having the entire Serenity Prayer TATOOED on your body!!
Choose a slogan instead

Live and Let Live

One Day at a Time

Reply Tue 17 Feb, 2009 05:17 pm
Not I, but a friend.

I suggested something a little more subtle, but their mind is set.
Reply Tue 17 Feb, 2009 05:24 pm
I understand, Purp. I'm glad you're helping with the review process.

If I may be so bold, this is from wikipedia:

The back cover of the Neil Young album Re-ac-tor has the prayer in Latin: 'Deus, dona mihi serenitatem accipere res quae non possum mutare, fortitudinem mutare res quae possum, atque sapientiam differentiam cognoscere.'
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