Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dum Detonet Imber

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:8. The emblem shows an eagle holding a snake in its mouth, sitting atop a mountain and looking all around while a storm is raging; the serpent in the mouth is not for food - instead, is a symbol of wisdom and learning. The poem urges us to refrain from speaking in tempestuous times, waiting instead for fair weather before we express ourselves in speech.

Dum Detonet Imber
Nubila si fuerint, sapienter comprime linguam;
Tunc loquere, illuxit si qua serena dies.

Here is the vocabulary:

dum - while, as long as, until
detono - thunder, roar, rage
imber - rain, shower
nubilus - cloudy;
si - if
sum - be, exist
sapiens - wise; adv. sapienter
comprimo - press, shut, hold in
lingua - tongue, language, speech
tunc - then, at that time, thereupon
loquor - speak, talk, say, announce
illuceo - illuminate, shine, shine on
aliquis - someone, something, anything
serenus - clear, bright, fair, cheerful
dies - day