Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lente Sed Attente

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.11, with an English rendering by George Wither. Note the contrast between the bustling human activity on the river in the background and the snail's journey in the foreground. Compare the opening lines of Richard Lovelace's English poem, "The Snail" - Wise Emblem of our Politick World, / Sage Snayl, within thine own self curl'd; / Instruct me softly to make hast, / Whilst these my Feet go slowly fast.

Lente Sed Attente
Lente equidem tamen attente gradior; mora nulla est;
Si modo sat bene quo vis, cito sat venies.

When thou a Dangerous-Way dost goe,
Walke surely, though thy pace be slowe.

Here is the vocabulary:

lente - slowly
sed - but
attente - diligently, carefully
equidem - truly, indeed
tamen - however
gradior - walk, step
mora - delay
nullus - not any, none
sum - be, exist
si - if
modo - only
sat - enough, sufficiently
bene - well, well done
quo - to where, where
volo - want, wish
cito - swiftly
venio - come, arrive