Monday, December 12, 2011

Diarii Omnes

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 1:96. This emblem is inspired by the idea that we are all creatures "of a day," metaphorically speaking, like the daylily, which blooms for one day only. So it is that the daylily can remind us to set the limit of our days, whatever that limit might be, and realize that many or few as our days might be, it is all but "one day" of blossoming that comes to an end. The name for the daylily here, hemerocallis, is a word borrowed from Greek, a compound of ἡμέρα "day" and καλός, "beautiful."

Diarii Omnes
Extremum statuas ut quemlibet esse dierum,
Fida tibi monitrix hemerocallis erit.


diarius - daily, of a day
omnis - all, every
extremus - outer, extreme, last
statuo - set up, establish
ut - so, so that
quilibet - whoever, whatever
sum - be, exist
dies - day
fidus - faithful
tu - you
monitrix - prompter, counselor
hemerocallis - daylily

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