Thursday, May 3, 2012

Demens Aliena Requirit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:33. You can see that the lynx has a wonderful meal at hand (or "at paw"), but she instead has her eyes on the flock in the distance.

Demens Aliena Requirit
Incertis inhiat, certissima spernit avarus
Ceu praesente alium lynx cupit ipsa cibum.

Here is the vocabulary:

demens - mad, insane
alienus - another's, belonging to another
requiro - seek, ask for, pine for
incertus - unsure, not certain
inhio - gape, covet, desire
certus - certain, sure
sperno - scorn, despise
avarus - greedy, avaricious
ceu - like
praesens - present, at hand
alius - other, another
lynx - lynx
cupio - desire, want
ipse - emphatic adj/pronoun
cibus - food

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