Saturday, December 31, 2011

Perseveranti Dabitur

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2.100, with an English rendering by George Wither. Here are some lines from Wither's poem accompanying the emblem:
An Arme is with a Garland here extended;
And, as the Motto saith, it is intended,
To all that persevere. This being so;
Let none be faint in heart, though they be slow:
For, he that creepes, untill his Race be done,
Shall gaine a Wreath, aswell as they that runne.
In the emblem, you can see the hand of God reaching down to bestow the garland of victory.

Perseveranti Dabitur

Serta feret, Domino si ad finem subditus usque
Quis perseveret ultimum.

The Garland, He alone shall weare
Who, to the Goale, doth persevere.

Here is the vocabulary:

persevero - persist, persevere
do - give
serta - garland, wreath
fero - bear, carry, carry away
Dominus - Lord
si - if
ad - to, towards
finis - end, goal
subditus - submissive, subordinate
usque - all the way, up to
quis = aliquis (after si) - whoever
ultimus - farthest, last, latest

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