Monday, February 27, 2012

Post Tentationem, Consolatio

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.58, with an English rendering by George Wither. After a trial by fire, the rains provide a welcome relief!

Post Tentationem, Consolatio
Languescunt flores radiis solaribus usti;
Per pluvias soliti tollere sponte caput.

When wee have greatest Griefes and Feares
Then, Consolation sweet'st appeares.

Here is the vocabulary:

post - after
tentatio - trial, temptation
consolatio - consolation, comfort
languesco - wilt, become weak
flos - flower
radius - ray
solaris - sun (adj.), solar
uro - burn
per - through
pluvia - rain, shower
soleo - be accustomed to, in the habit of
tollo - lift up, raise
sponte - willingly
caput - head