Saturday, March 24, 2012

Manet Immutabile Fatum

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.83, with an English rendering by George Wither. God does hold the balance in his hand, but that does not mean he will not listen to the prayers of mankind as he weighs his plans!

Manet Immutabile Fatum
Legibus aeternis, manet immutabile fatum,
Non plus fata tamen, quam pia vota, valent.

What ever God did fore-decree
Shall, without faile, fulfilled be.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

immūtābilis, immūtābile; immūtābilis - unchanging, unalterable

aeternus -a -um: everlasting, eternal
fātum -ī n.: fate
lēx lēgis: f. law
maneō manēre mānsī mānsum: remain
nōn: not
pius -a -um: dutiful, devoted, just, pious
plūs plūris n.: a greater amount or number, more
quam: how?; (after comparative) than
tamen: nevertheless, still
valeō valēre valuī: be strong, excel, be valid, prevail; valē: farewell!
votum -ī n.: solemn promise, vow; hope