Monday, December 19, 2011

Bene Qui Latuit

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 4:97. This emblem plays on the proverbial expression, Bene qui latuit bene vixit, "He who has kept himself well hideen has lived well." The epigram sets up the house-bearing snail as an example for you if you want to grow old safely at home.

Bene Qui Latuit
Exemplo domiporta tibi fit cochlea, quisquis
Exoptas tuto consenuisse domi.


bene - well
qui - who, which, that
lateo - lie hidden, lurk
exemplum - example, model
domiportus - house-carrying
tu - you
fio - become, be
cochlea - snail
quisquis - whoever
exopto - long for
tuto - safely, securely
consenesco - grow old
domus - home