Monday, March 19, 2012

Ex Bello Pax

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.78, with an English rendering by George Wither. People may recognize this emblem as something in Alciato: Alciato 178 - Ex Bello Pax (Alciato's poems are generally longer than Rollenhagen's little distichs, as is the case here).

Ex Bello Pax
Ex bello pax alma venit, quam poscimus omnes;
In galeis condit pax veneranda favos.

The Bees, will in an Helmet breed
And, Peace, doth after Warre, succeed.

Here is the vocabulary:

ex - from, out of
bellum - war
pax - peace
almus - nourishing, kind
venio - come
qui - who, which, that
posco - ask, demand
omnis - all, every
in - in, into
galea - helmet
condo - hide, put together
veneror - adore, revere, worship
favus - hive