Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Regni Corona Rex

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.66, with an English rendering by George Wither. Here are the opening lines of Wither's poem inspired by this emblem:
The Royall-Scepter, Kingly power, implyes;
The Crowne-Imperiall, Glorie, signifies:
And, by these joyn'd in one, we understand,
A King, that is an honour to his Land.
Instead of wearing the crown, the king himself is the crown of the kingdom, symbolically speaking.

Regni Corona Rex
Qui scit honore bonos cumulare et plectere sontes,
Rex erit is regni, vera corona, sui.

A King, that prudently Commands
Becomes the glory of his Lands.

Here is the vocabulary:

regnum - kingdom
corona - crown
rex - king
qui - who, which, that
scio - know, know how to
honor - public office, honor
bonus - good
cumulo - pile up, accumulate
et - and
plecto - beat, punish
sons - criminal
sum - be, exist
is - he/she/it
verus - true
suus - reflexive possessive adj.