Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Non Levis Ascensus

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 4:99. In the emblem, you can see the snail slowly making its way up the hill. It's a lot of work for the little snail, but exactly because the ascent is not undertaken lightly, there is real praise to be earned by reaching the top!

Non Levis Ascensus
Disce, puer, virtutem ex me verumque laborem,
Si verae ornari laudis honore cupis.


non - not, no
levis - light, trivial
ascensus - ascent, going up
disco - learn
puer - boy
virtus - excellence
ex - from
ego - I
verus - true
labor - labor, hard work, effort
si - if
orno - adorn, decorate
laus - praise
honor - esteem, regard, honor
cupio - desire, crave