Saturday, March 3, 2012

Coniunctis Votis

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.63, with an English rendering by George Wither. While the joining of hearts and prayers is metaphorical, the emblem shows hands literally tied together, joined by the cross - with the tetragrammaton shining down from the heavens.

Coniunctis Votis
Coniunctis votis, coniuncto pectore quicquid
Postulat, hoc Christi grex super orbe feret.

Their Friendship firme will ever bide
Whose hands unto the Crosse are tide.

Here is the vocabulary:

coniungo - connect, join
votum - vow, prayer, wish
pectus - breast, heart
quidquid - whatever
postulo - claim, require
hic - this, this one
Christus - Christ
grex - flock
super - over, above
orbis - circle, sphere, world
fero - carry, bear