Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pueros Castigo Virosque

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.81, with an English rendering by George Wither. This hilarious little poem depends on a bit of Latin word play, the virga (the teacher's switch or rod) chastises schoolboys to compel their obedience, while the virgo (young woman) chastises men, bending them to her will.

Pueros Castigo Virosque
Discipulos ut virga novos, sic virgo maritos
Castigat; pueros haec domat, illa viros.

Behold, you may, the Picture, here
Of what, keepes Man, and Childe, in feare.

Here is the vocabulary:

puer - boy
castigo - chastise, criticize
vir - man, husband
que - and
discipulus - pupil, student
ut - as
virga - rod, switch, staff
novus - new
sic - thus, so
virgo - maiden, young woman
maritus - husband
hic - this, this one
domo - tame, master
ille - that, that one