Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Camerarius 4.17: Ad Sidera Vultus

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:17. As you can see in the emblem, the "stargazer" (Uranoscopus scaber) is a fish that has its eyes always turned up to the heavens. You can see a picture of this odd-looking fish here.

Ad Sidera Vultus
Sursum oculos, O Mens, vani obliviscere mundi;
Te manet in caelis non peritura domus.

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

oblīviscor, oblīviscī, oblītus - forget
sursum - up, on high, from below

ad: to, up to, towards (+acc.)
caelum -ī n.: sky, heavens
domus -ūs f.: house, home
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
maneō manēre mānsī mānsum: remain
mēns mentis f.: mind
mundus -ī m.: world, universe, heavens
nōn: not
oculus -ī m.: eye
pereō -īre -iī -itum: perish, be lost
sīdus -eris n.: star, constellation
tū tuī tibi tē: you (sing.)
vanus -a -um: empty; false, deceitful
vultus -ūs m.: look, expression, face