Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Regio Haud Religio

Here is today's emblem and distich by Bornitius, 5:15. The Latin poem plays on the similarity between the words regio and religio. The words are not related etymologically, but it is indeed true that the letters r-e-g-i-o are lurking there in the word r-e-l-i-g-i-o.

Regio Haud Religio
Non mihi religio cordi est, sed amor regionis;
Nimirum regio in religione latet.

Here is the vocabulary:

regio - area, region, country
haud - not
religio - religion
non - not, no
ego - I, me
cor - heart
sum - be, exist
sed - but
amor - love
nimirum - surely, without doubt
in - in, into
habeo - have