Friday, March 23, 2012

Obsequio, Non Vi

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 1:21. You can see the two different options depicted in the emblem: bend, or break?

Obsequio, Non Vi
Frangere vi mavis, quam lente flectere ramum?
Est tractare homines molliter artis opus.

Here is the vocabulary:

obsequium - deference, consideration
non - not
vis - force, violence
frango - break
malo - want more, prefer, rather
quam - than
lente - slowly, gently
ramus - branch
sum - be, exist
tracto - drag, handle, manage
homo - person, man
molliter - softly
ars - art, skill
opus est - it is needful, wanting