Friday, December 9, 2011

Flectimur, Non Frangimur

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 1:95. This emblem expresses the same theme as the famous Aesop's fable of the reed and the oak, which you can read here in English, and here in Latin. Camerarius's emblem here is about the reed only, showing how the reed bends but is not broken when the mighty winds blow.

Flectimur, Non Frangimur
Flectitur obsequio, sic vincit arundo procellas:
Laeditur adversum qui sua fata furit.


flecto - bend
non - not, no
frango - break
obsequium - compliance, deference
sic - in this way, so
vinco - conquer, defeat
arundo - reed
procella - storm
laedo - hurt, injure
adversum - against
qui - who, which, that
suus - reflexive possessive adjective
fatum - fate
furio - rage

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