Sunday, April 22, 2012

Animo Petit Ima Profundo

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:30. In the essay accompanying the emblem, Camerarius explains that a thoroughbred horse will touch not just his lips to the water but plunge his head down as deep as his nostrils into the water when he drinks.

Animo Petit Ima Profundo
Totus equus naso ceu fertur anhelus in undam
Praesenti adversis obvius ito malis.

Here is the vocabulary:

animus - spirit, mind, courage
peto - seek, aim at
imus - deepest, lowest
profundus - deep, boundless, insatiable
totus - whole, entire
equus - horse
nasus - nose
ceu - as, like
fero - carry, bear, report
anhelus - panting, gasping
in - in, into
unda - wave
praesens - present
adversus - opposed, hostile
obvius - in the way, exposed to
eo - go
malus - bad, wicked, evil