Saturday, July 21, 2012

Manus Manum Lavat

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2.28, with an English rendering by George Wither.

Manus Manum Lavat
Sic bene conveniunt, caro cum coniuge coniunx,
Cum manus una manum proluit alterius.

Where Lovers fitly matched be
In mutuall-duties, they agree.


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

lavō, lavare: wash, bathe
prōluō, prōluere: wash, wash up

alter altera alterum: other of two
bene: well
cārus -a -um: dear
coniunx coniugis m./f.: spouse, husband, wife
conveniō -venīre -vēnī -ventum: assemble, meet; agree
cum: with (prep. + abl.); when, since, although (conjunction + subj.)
manus -ūs m.: hand; band of men
sīc: in this manner, thus; sīc . . . ut: in the same way as
ūnus -a -um: one

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