Thursday, March 15, 2012

Maior Post Otia Virtus

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:20. What a delightful comparison: the next time I want to just lie in bed all day, I will pretend I am a bear hibernating, the very emblem of a skilled person who is planning some new magnum opus!

Maior Post Otia Virtus
Ceu lustris latitant ursi et sua membra relinquunt:
Sic meditatur opus doctus in arte novum.

Here is the vocabulary:

maior - greater
post - after
otium - relaxation, leisure
virtus - excellence, virtue
ceu - as, just like, as if
lustrum - den
latito - hide, lurk
ursus - bear
et - and
suus - reflexive possessive
membrum - limbs, members
relinquo - leave, abandon, forsake
sic - thus, so
meditor - consider, ponder
opus - work
doctus - learned person, wise man
in - in
ars - art, skill, technique
novus - new