Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Non Captu Facilis

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:14. The eagle is indeed not easy to capture; the emblem urges us to claim such spiritual freedom for ourselves!

Non Captu Facilis
Nubibus, ecce, Iovis volat altior omnibus ales;
Tu quoque ad alta animum, si sapis, astra leva.

Here is the vocabulary:

non - not, no
captus - capture, catch
facilis - easy
nubes - cloud
ecce - behold
Iupiter - Jupiter
volo - fly
altus - high
omnis - all, every
ales - bird
tu - you
quoque - also
ad - to, towards
animus - soul
si - if
sapio - taste, be wise
astrum - star
levo - raise, elevate