Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mansuetis Grandia Cedunt

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:2. The kindly nature of the elephant is widely attested in ancient authors, and here you can see the elephant not treading upon the little creatures when it walks among them, just as the king should not do any injury to the "little people" who are his subjects.

Mansuetis Grandia Cedunt
Praeterit; haud elephas animalia parvula laedit:
Nempe quod hinc clemens rex imitetur habet.

Here is the vocabulary:

mansuetus - mild, gentle, tame
grandis - great, large
cedo - yield, give way to
praetereo - walk by
haud - no, not
elephas - elephant
animal - animal
parvulus - tiny
laedo - wound, injure
nempe - certainly, of course
qui - who, which, that
hinc - hence, from this cause
clemens - merciful, lenient
rex - king
imitor - imitate
habeo - have