Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ingentia Marmora Findit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 1:22. Compare the etymology of the English plant name sassafras, which is perhaps derived, or perhaps simply influenced by, the Latin saxifragia, the plant that saxa-frangit, breaks rocks.

Ingentia Marmora Findit
Quamvis dura, tamen caprificus marmora findit;
Contemnas hostem: si sapis, ipse cave.

Here is the vocabulary:

ingens - huge, enormous
marmor - marble, block of marble
findo - split, cleave, divide
quamvis - although
durus - hard
tamen - but, nevertheless
caprificus - wild fig tree
contemno - look down on, disregard
hostis - enemy
si - if
sapio - be wise
ipse - intensive adj/pronoun
caveo - watch out, beware