Friday, March 16, 2012

Tamen Discam

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 1.75, with an English rendering by George Wither. Here are the words of Wither's poem as inspired by this emblem:
Here, we an Aged-man described have,
That hath one foot, already, in the Grave:
And, if you marke it (though the Sunne decline,
And horned Cynthia doth begin to shine)
With open booke, and, with attentive eyes,
Himselfe, to compasse Knowledge, he applyes:
And, though that Evening, end his last of dayes,
Yet, I will study, more to learne, he sayes.
From this, we gather, that, while time doth last,
The time of learning, never will be past;
And, that, each houre, till we our life lay downe,
Still, something, touching life, is to be knowne.
The emblem does indeed show the man still learning even as he is about to go into the grave while the sun is setting also. I could aspire to the same; this inclination to lifelong learning is one that I share wholeheartedly!

Tamen Discam
Et licet in tumbam pes decidat alter et alter
Vivat adhuc; studiis invigilabo tamen.

To Learning, I a love should have
Although one foot were in the Grave.

Here is the vocabulary:

tamen - but, nevertheless
disco - learn
et - and, even
licet - although
in - in, into
tumba - tomb
pes - foot
decido - fall, sink, drop
alter - other, another
vivo - live
adhuc - thus far, still, yet
studium - eagerness, pursuit, study
invigilo - stay awake, be diligent