Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Expecto Donec Veniat

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 3:96. Although you might be familiar with the cricket from the story of the cricket and the ant, where the cricket is a negative exemplum of laziness, here we see the cricket as a positive example, patiently enduring the cold of winter, ever hopeful that spring will come. In the same way, our positive outlook can hope for help even in dangerous times.

Expecto Donec Veniat
Frigora fert patiens, spe veris, parva cicada:
Sperat et infestis mens bona semper opem.


Vocabulary:

expecto - wait, watch out for
donec - until
venio - come
frigus - cold
fero - bear, endure
patior - suffer, be patient
spes - hope
ver - spring
parvus - small, tiny
cicada - cicada, cricket
spero - hope
et - and
infestus - hostile, unsafe
mens - mind
bonus - good
semper - always
ops - power, help, might

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