Thursday, July 26, 2012

In Manu Domini Omnes Sunt Fines Terrae

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2.52, with an English rendering by George Wither.

In Manu Domini Omnes Sunt Fines Terrae
In Domini stat cardo manu, quo vertitur orbis,
Et digitis fines continet ipse suis.

The Earth is God's, and in his Hands
Are all the Corners of the Lands.


The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

cardo (cardinis, m.): hinge, axis, pole
digitus (digiti, m.): finger

contineō -tinēre -tinuī -tentum: contain, restrain
dominus -ī m.; domina -ae f.: household master, lord; mistress
et: and
fīnis -is m.: end, boundary
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
manus -ūs m.: hand; band of men
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
orbis -is m.: circle; orbis terrārum: world
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
stō stāre stetī statum: stand
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
suus -a -um: his own, her own, its own
terra -ae f.: land
vertō vertere vertī versum: turn

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