Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spiritus Durissima Coquit

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:19. One of the legends about the ostrich was that it supposedly could digest even iron - which is indeed something incredibly hard to digest. For Camerius, this made the ostrich the emblem of a man whose strength of spirit allowed him to face dangers without fear. Meanwhile, you can read Thomas Browne's wonderful commentary on the ostrich's legendary digestive powers here: Of the Ostrich.

Spiritus Durissima Coquit
Magno animo fortis perferre pericula suevit
Ullo nec facile frangitur ille metu.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are three words which are not on the DCC list:

coquō, -ere, coxī, coctum - cook, bake, boil
perferō, perferre, pertulī, perlātum - carry through, bear till the end
suescō, -ere, suēvī, suētum - become used to, grow accustomed

animus -ī m.: spirit, mind
dūrus -a -um: hard, tough, harsh
facilis -e: easy
fortis -e: brave
frangō frangere frēgī frāctum: break, shatter
ille illa illud: that
māgnus -a -um great
metus -ūs m.: fear, dread
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
perīculum -ī n.: danger
spīritus -ūs m.: breath, life, spirit
ūllus -a -um: any, anyone