Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Spernit Pericula Virtus

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.10, with an English rendering by George Wither. The "excellent" man in the emblem today is Arion, a legendary musician. After winning a musical competition, Arion was on his way home when his ship was attacked by pirates. Arion begged permission to sing a last song, and the beauty of his singing attracted dolphins to the ship. Arion then jumped overboard and was carried to land safely by one of the dolphins (yes, that is a dolphin in the emblem). For the dramatic story of what happened afterwards, see the Arion article at Wikipedia.

Spernit Pericula Virtus
Non adversa timet spernitque pericula Virtus;
Illa vel in medio nescit obire mari.

An Innocent no Danger feares,
How great soever it appeares.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

obeo -īre, obīvī, obitum - to go to meet, go down, perish
sperno -ere, sprēvī, sprētum - scorn, reject, despise

adversus -a -um: facing, opposed; unfavorable; adversus (-um): (adv. and prep.) facing, opposite, against, opposed (to)
ille illa illud: that
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
mare -is f.: sea
medius -a -um: middle, central
nesciō -scīre: not know, be ignorant
nōn: not
perīculum -ī n.: danger
que (enclitic) - and
timeō -ēre -uī: to fear, to dread
vel: or else, or; even; vel . . . vel: either… or
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue