Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rex Regum Reges Regit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Bornitius, 13. The image shows the heart of the king with rings, but it is nevertheless being turned where the hand of God wills - since he is the king of kings, after all, rex regum.

Rex Regum Reges Regit
Cor regis in manu Dei est;
Is flectit illo, quo velit.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

flecto -ere, flexi, flexum - bend, curve, turn

cor cordis n.: heart; cordī est, it is pleasing to (+ dat.)
deus -ī m.; dea -ae f. god; goddess
ille, illa, illud: that
in: in, on (+ abl.); into onto (+ acc)
is ea, id: he, she, it; eō, there, to that place
manus -ūs m.: hand; band of men
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
rego regere rēxī rectum: guide, rule
rēx, rēgis m.: king
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
volo velle voluī: wish, be willing