Friday, April 6, 2012

Astu Non Vi

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:25. The enmity between the frog and the pike is legendary; supposedly a frog would wait in ambush for a pike and then leap onto its head, riding the fish to exhaustion. When the pike then sank to its death, the frog would swim up back to the surface, victorious.

Astu Non Vi
Lucius imbelli misere succumbere ranae
Cogitur: en vires vincimus ingenio.

Here is the vocabulary:

astus - cunning, craft
non - not, no
vis - strength, force
lucius - "wolf fish," pike
imbellis - unwarlike
misere - wretchedly, sadly
succumbo - succumb, submit
rana - frog
cogo - compel
en - behold
vinco - conquer, overcome
ingenium - character, talent