Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Magnos Vana Fugant

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:9. You can read more about the lion in the bestiary tradition, including its fear of fire, here: Medieval Bestiary - Lion.

Magnos Vana Fugant
Non est ingentis vis expers ulla timoris,
Sic pavet infesto percitus igne leo.

Here is the vocabulary:

magnus - big, large, great
vanus - empty, false, untrustworthy
fugo - chase, put to flight, rout
non - not, no
sum - be, exist
ingens - huge, vast, unnaturally large
vis - force, strength, power, violence
expers - free from, without, lacking experience
ullus - any
timor - fear
sic - thus, so, in this way
paveo - fear, be frightened
infestus - dangerous, hostile, unsafe
percio - excite, stir up, move
ignis - fire
leo - lion