Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fac et Spera

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:7, with an English rendering by George Wither. You can see hope herself personified here as a lovely woman, and God, in the form of the tetragrammaton, shines out from the sky.

Fac et Spera
Subditus esto Deo, mandato munere fungens,
Et spera in miseris, et pete rebus opem.

If thou thy Duties truely doe
Of thy Reward, be hopefull too.

Here is the vocabulary:

facio - do, make
et - and
spero - hope
subditus - subject
sum - be, exist
deus - god
mandatum - order, command
munus - duty, office, offering
fungor - perform, discharge
et - and
in - in, into
miser - wretched, unfortunate
peto - seek
res - thing
ops - power, help, resources