Saturday, March 24, 2012


Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:22. In the essay accompanying this emblem, Camerarius explains that there is a legend (a legend I have not read about before!) which says that when it rains, bears dance and exult together, as if having a foreknowledge that the sun is about to come out.

Quaeris cur saliant pluviis? Spes certa sereni est;
Hac tu confisus, pelle animi nebulas.

Here is the vocabulary:

sereno - clear up, lighten
quaero - ask, inquire
cur - why
salio - leap, spurt
pluviis - rain, shower
spes - hope
certus - certain, sure
serenus - clear, fair, bright
hic - this, this one
tu - you
confido - have faith, trust in
pello - push, drive away, expel
animus - soul, mind
nebula - cloud