Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fata Viam Invenient

Here is today's emblem and distich by Jakob Bornitz, 5.3. We are used to the metaphor of a "ship of state," but in this emblem Bornitz has drawn a "ship of church" that is being tossed on the worldly waves. The phrase fata viam invenient is from Vergil's Aeneid, Book 4.

Fata Viam Invenient
Iactatur mundi mediis ecclesia in undis:
Sed tamen in portum ducit agetque Deus.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are three words which are not on the DCC list:

ecclēsia f. - assembly, religious assembly, church
iacto -āre - toss, throw out, boast
portus, portūs m. - harbor, haven, port

ago agere ēgī āctum: drive, do, act
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
dūco dūcere dūxī ductum: lead; uxōrem ducere, marry
fātum -ī n.: fate
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
invenio -venīre -vēnī -ventum: find; discover
medius -a -um: middle, central
mundus -ī m.: world, universe, heavens
que: and (enclitic)
sed: but
tamen: nevertheless, still
unda -ae f.: wave, flowing water, water
via -ae f.: way, street