Sunday, March 4, 2012

Nec Meta, Nec Onus

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:17. Although the camel is a hard-working beast, a burden and journey that is enormously long can lay the camel low; hard work which is done for the love of glory and praise, however, does not tire on its journey.

Nec Meta, Nec Onus
Sternit humi, immensum quod pondus iterque camelum;
Sternitur haud fortis laudis amore labor.

Here is the vocabulary:

nec - nor, and not; neither... nor
meta - distance, goal
onus - burden, weight
sterno - spread, lay low, cast down
humus - ground, land, earth
immensus - enormous, immense, infinitely great
quod - because
pondus - weight
iter - journey
que - and
camelus - camel
haud - not
fortis - strong, mighty
laus - praise
amor - love
labor - hard work, labor