Friday, January 13, 2012

Per Tela, Per Ignes

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:4. The bird in the emblem is again an eagle who is able to soar to the greatest heights, a symbolic loftiness that we human beings can also aspire to!

Per Tela, Per Ignes
Nec me praerupti montes, nec fulgura terrent,
Quo minus in summo vertice conspiciar.

Here is the vocabulary:

per - through, by way of
telum - weapon, dart, spear
ignis - fire
nec - and not, not - neither...nor...
ego - I, me
praeruptus - steep
mons - mountain
fulgur - lightning
terreo - frighten, terrify
qui - who, which, that
minus - less
in - in, into
summus - highest, greatest, top
vertex - peak, summit
conspicio - observe; (pass.) be visible