Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nil Ultra Vires

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:16. The camel, of course, is famous for its talents as a pack animal, but even the camel requires an even load, an idea that we can apply to all the burdens we carry, both literal and metaphorical.

Nil Ultra Vires
Ne nimium imprudens teneris impone lacertis:
Et fortem sternunt pondera iniqua virum.

Here is the vocabulary:

nil - nothing
ultra - beyond, besides, more than
vis - power, strength
ne - so that not, lest, don't
nimium - too much, excessive
imprudens - unaware, unthinking
tener - tender, young, weak
impono - put on, impose
lacertus - upper arm, shoulder
et - and, even
fortis - strong
sterno - lay out, lay low
pondus - weight
iniquus - uneven, unjust, unfair
vir - man