Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.18, with an English rendering by George Wither. As you can see, the spider is lying in wait for the butterfly; unless it makes haste, the spider will catch that butterfly - it needs to use its wings swiftly to fly away!

Matura: mora longa nocet; spes omnis in alis;
Instat qui te vult prendere, papilio.

From thence, where Nets and Snares are layd,
Make-hast; lest els you be betray'd.

Here is the vocabulary:

maturo - ripen, hurry, hasten
mora - delay
longus - long, lengthy
noceo - harm, injure
spes - hope
omnis - all, every
in - in, into
ala - wing
insto - approach, threaten, be close
qui - who, which, that
tu - you
volo - want, wish, will
prendo - catch, capture
papilio - butterfly

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