Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Semper In Metu

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:11. As Camerarius explains in the essay, the idea being expressed here is that men to whom the care of the republic is entrusted are in a perpetual state of worry; they are must be extremely careful in their work, much like the woman who, barefoot and defenseless, has the difficult task of feeding the lion.

Semper In Metu
Ardua sunt cuius commissa negotia curae;
Fac animum usque habeat sollicitudo tuum.

Here is the vocabulary:

semper - always
in - in, into
metus - fear
arduus - lofty, high, difficult
sum - be, exist
quis - who, which, that
committo - entrust, commit
negotium - business, work, job
cura - care, concern, office, task
facio - make
animus - soul, mind
usque - all the time, continuously
habeo - have
sollicitudo - anxiety, concern
tuus - your, yours

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