Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dominus Providebit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:2. In his essay about this emblem, Camerarius explains that he was inspired by the emblematic eagle, sitting atop the world, adopted by the Emperor Maximilian II (1564-1576), with the motto "Deus Providebit" (as in Genesis 22:8).

Dominus Providebit
Et laeta simul et tristis provisio sortit,
Inprimis virtus principe digna viro est.

Here is the vocabulary:

dominus - lord, master
provideo - foresee, provide
et - and, also, even
laetus - happy
simul - at the same time
tristis - sad
provisio - foresight, providence
sortio - draw lots
inprimis - chiefly, especially
virtus - excellence, virtue
princeps - prince, leader
dignus - worthy
vir - man
sum - be, exist