Thursday, April 26, 2012

Haec Vera Potentia Est

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:31. In the essay, Camerarius invokes Plato's use of the horse allegory in the Phaedrus to which this emblem alludes.

Haec Vera Potentia Est
Affectus quisquis mentis moderatur habenis,
Fertur equo domito; qui vagus, ille fero.

Here is the vocabulary:

hic - this, this one
verus - true
potentia - power
sum - be, exist
affectus - affection, love, emotion
quisquis - whoever, anyone, everyone
mens - mind
moderor - guide, control, govern
habena - halter, reins
fero - carry, bear, report
equus - horse
domo - subdue, master, tame
qui - who, which, that
ille - that, that one
ferus - wild