What is HOC QUIDEM PERQUAM DURUM EST, SED ITA LEX SCRIPTA EST?

Lat. (This indeed is exceedingly hard, but so the law is written; such is the written or positive law.) Anobservation quoted by Black- stone as used by Ulpian in tlie civil law; and applied tocases where courts of equity have no power to abate the rigor of the law. Dig. 40, 9,12, 1; 3 Bl. Comm. 430.

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