Thursday, July 19, 2012

Res In Se Recurrentes

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Res In Se Recurrentes
Rebus in humanis adeo in se cuncta recurrunt,
   Finis ut unius sit caput alterius.

Source: Joachim Camerarius (1534-1598), Symbola, 4.83. Meter: Elegiac. Camerarius is using the ouroboros to express the cycle of ending and beginning:

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

recurrō, recurrere: run back, return, recur

adeō: (adv.) to such a degree, so
alter altera alterum: other of two
caput capitis n.: head
cūnctus -a -um: entire all together
fīnis -is m.: end, boundary
hūmānus -a -um: human
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
sui, sibi, sē: him- her- itself
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūnus -a -um: one
ut, uti: as (+ indic.); so that, with the result that (+ subj.)

Things Revolving Into Themselves
In human affairs, (in humanis rebus) all things (cuncta) revolve into one another ( recurrunt in se) such that (adeo us) the tail-end of one thing (finis unius) is the head-start of another (sit caput alterius).

Rebus in ~ huma~nis ade~o in se ~ cuncta re~currunt,
   Finis ut ~ uni~us | sit caput ~ alteri~us.

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