Sunday, January 15, 2012

Virtus Hinc Maior

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 1.4. The emblem refers to the legend of the asphalathus reported in Pliny's Natural history (12.52): if a rainbow arches over a shrub, it causes that shrub to emit a scent as sweet as that of the aromatic asphalathus, and if the rainbow arches over the asphalathus itself, the scent is extraordinarily sweet. As Camerarius sees it, the same can be true of our own excellence when it is nourished by our pious devotion to the gods.

Virtus Hinc Maior
Iridis Aspalathus vi suavior, ipsaque virtus
Gratior est superum quam pia cura fovet.

Here is the vocabulary:

virtus - virtue, excellence
hinc - from here, from this cause
maior - greater
Iris - Iris, rainbow
Aspalathus - rosewood (aromatic shrub used in making aspiced wine)
vis - power, strength
suavis - sweet
ipse - emphatic adjective/pronoun
que - and
gratus - welcome, pleasing
sum - be, exist
superi - the gods
quam - than
pius - pious, righteous, good
cura - care, attentiveness
foveo - favor, cherish, keep warm

1 comment:

  1. The cultivation of noble virtues for the love of the the grather good of mankind in our existence make us see by the eyes os divine love that is the holy spirit. He grow in us by the sweet sacrifice of our instincts or passions that are then sublimated. This became our fortitude and we behold in beauty. In the flames of our divine love for mankind we are able to cure the wounds we inflected ourselfs and each other.


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