Sunday, February 12, 2012

Concussa Uberior

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 1:11. The story goes that the myrrh tree would secrete more of its aromatic gum when the winds blew against it. For Camerarius, this is a symbol of the way that true glory emerges in adversity.

Concussa Uberior
Maior in adversis virtutis gloria vera est:
Uberior ventis Myrrha agitata fluit.

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

concutiō, -ere, concussī, consussum - strike, shake violently, agitate
Myrrha - the myrrh plant
ūber, ūberis - rich, fertile, abundant

adversus -a -um: facing, opposed; unfavorable; adversus (-um): (adv. and prep.) facing, opposite, against, opposed (to)
agitō -āre: drive
fluō fluere fluī fluxum: flow
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
māior -ius: greater, older; maiōres -um: ancestors
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ventus -ī m.: wind
vērus -a -um: true; vērē, truly
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue