Monday, January 2, 2012

Constans Sapientia

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.2, with an English rendering by George Wither. Here is an excerpt from Wither's poem to accompany the emblem:
Still fixt, and with triumphant Laurell crown'd,
Is truest Wisdome; whom, expressed thus,
Among the old Impresa's, we have found;
And, much, this Emblem hath instructed us.
For, hence we learne; that, Wisdome doth not flow
From those unconstant men, whom ev'ry Blast,
Or small Occasion, turneth to and fro;
But, from a Settled-head that standeth fast.
You can see that idea of steadfastness expressed visually in the emblem below!

Constans Sapientia

Omne malum exsuperat constans sapientia, mortem
Spernit, et adversa sorte tonante viget.

The Man that hath true Wisdome got,
Continues firme, and wavers not.

Here is the vocabulary:

constans - steadfast, standing firm
sapientia - knowledge, wisdom
omnis - all, every
malus - bad, evil
exsupero - surpass, overpower
mors - death
sperno - scorn, despise
et - and
adversus - opposed, hostile
sors - fate, lot
tonans - thundering, resounding like thunder
vigeo - thrive, flourish, be strong

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