Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Recto Cursu

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1:93, with an English rendering by George Wither. Although the Latin distich does not mention Pegasus, the poem evokes the idea of a skyward flight overleaping Mount Pindus and Mount Parnassus in Boeotia.

Recto Cursu
Culmen ad Aonidum recto contendere cursu
Fert animus Pindi saxa per et tribulos.

No passage can divert the Course
Of Pegasus, the Muses Horse.

Here is the vocabulary:

rectus - right, correct, direct
cursus - course, direction, running
culmen - peak, height, top
ad - to, towards
Aones - Boeotians, inhabitants of Boetia
contendo - strive, contend
fero - carry, bear, report
animus - spirit, heart, mind
Pindus - Mount Pindus
saxum - rock, stone
per - through, by means of
et - and
tribulus - spiny plant

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