Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ipsa Suis Pollens Opibus

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:20. Camerarius is inspired this time by the pholis fish - φωλίς - which, according to Aristotle, exudes a kind of mucous discharge which serves as a kind of hiding place and home. The pholis is feminine in gender in Greek, hence the feminine speaker of the poem. This pholis fish prefers her own mucous discharge to the ambrosia and nectar of the gods!

Ipsa Suis Pollens Opibus
Nobis nostra satis, alienae haud indiga curae,
Et superum nectar negligo et ambrosiam.

Here is the vocabulary:

ipse - emphatic adj/pronoun
suus - reflexive possessive
polleo - be strong
ops - power, might, resources
nos - we
noster - our
satis - enough
alienus - another's
haud - not
indigus - lacking, need
cura - worry, concern, care
et - and
superus - higher, heavenly
nectar - the drink of the gods
negligo - disregard, ignore
ambrosia - food of the gods