Friday, March 2, 2012

Vetustate Relicta

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:16. This emblem is based on the Biblical motif of the eagle renewing its youth, which was also prominently featured in the Physiologus and likewise in the later bestiary tradition. You can read more about the eagle legends in the bestiary here.

Vetustate Relicta
Inveterata tua iam tandem crimina culpa
Exue, si rediet laeta iuventa tibi.

Here is the vocabulary:

vetustas - old age, antiquity
relinquo - abandon, leave behind
inveteratus - old, hardened by age
tuus - your
iam - already, now
tandem - at last, finally
crimen - sin, guilt, offense
culpa - fault, blame
exuo - shed, strip off
si - if
redeo - return
laetus - happy
iuventa - youth
tu - you