Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Loco Et Tempore

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 3:28. The proverbial "bird of Palamedes" was the crane; according to legend, Palamedes came up with the idea of the alphabet from observing the pattern of cranes in flight. The poem invokes the belief that cranes would carry stones for ballast. This becomes in turn an emblem for the virtues of silence at the right time and place.

Loco Et Tempore
Mira fides, Palamedia avis lapide obstruit ora;
Tu quoque ne noceat garrula lingua cave.

Here is the vocabulary:

locus - place
et - and
tempus - time
mirus - wondrous, amazing
fides - faith
Palamedis - belonging to Palamedes
avis - bird
lapis - stone
obstruo - block, obstruct
os - mouth
tu - you
quoque - also
ne - not, do not
noceo - harm, in jure
garrulus - talkative, chatty
lingua - tongue
caveo - beware, take care