Monday, January 23, 2012

Tanto Uberius

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 1:6. You can see how this plant has been carefully pruned! The metaphor at work here is that you too are a plant, and if something in your life is shriveling up because of your bad habits, just prune it back, and you will flourish with new shoots of your excellent qualities!

Tanto Uberius
Tu quoque sic reseces vitiis marcentia multis,
Virtutum ut soboles pullulet uberior.

Here is the vocabulary:

tantus - so much, such
uber - rich, fertile
tu - you
quoque - also
sic - thus, in this way
reseco - cut back, trim
vitium - fault, vice
marco - wither, shrivel
multus - much, many
virtus - virtue, excellent
soboles - sprout, shoot, progeny
pullulo - spring forth, sprout

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