Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hoc Omnis Caro

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 1:98. It plays on the idea that "all flesh is this" - that is, all flesh is this: the mown grass or hay which you can see in the emblem. The metaphor of flesh being like grass is pervasive in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, as in Isaiah 40, "All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field," Omnis caro faenum, et omnis gloria eius quasi flos agri (a sentiment repeated in I Peter).

Hoc Omnis Caro
Quisquis es, hunc faeni qui spectas forte maniplum,
Respice te: faenum es; pone supercilium.


hic - this, this one
omnis - all, every
caro - flesh, meat
quisquis - whoever
sum - be, exist
faenum - hay
qui - who, which, that
specto - see, observe
forte - by chance, perchance
maniplus - handful, bundle
respicio - consider, look back at
tu - you
pono - place, put, put aside
supercilium - eyebrow, arrogance