Monday, January 23, 2012

Patior Ut Potiar

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.23, with an English rendering by George Wither. You can see that the message of endurance is expressed by the image of a bear who must endure the stings of the bee in order to acquire the honey.

Patior Ut Potiar
Ut potiar, patior stimulos pro melle; dolores
Mille, ut mille feram pectore delicias.


By Paine, on Pleasures we doe seize;
And, we by Suff'rance, purchase Ease.


Here is the vocabulary:

patior - suffer, endure, undergo
ut - so, so that, in order to
potior - acquire, become master of
stimulus - prick, sting, spur
pro - for, in exchange for
mel - honey
dolor - pain, grief, sorrow
mille - thousand
fero - carry, bear
pectus - breast, heart, mind
deliciae - pleasures, delights

1 comment:

  1. "Patior ut potiar" is the motto of the Legio II Italica.

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