Sunday, April 29, 2012


Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:19, with an English rendering by George Wither. The poem is a variation on the famous Latin adage, festina lente.

Per glaciem cautus pedetentim transeo, lente
Qui properat, tarde qui sapit, ille sapit.

His Pace, must wary be, and slow
That hath a Slippery-way to goe.

Here is the vocabulary:

pedetentim - step by step, slowly
per - by, through, over
glacies - ice
cautus - cautious
transeo - go across, cross
lente - slowly, sluggishly
qui - who, which, that
propero - hurry, hasten
tarde - tardy, slowly
sapio - be wise
ille - that, that one