Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:28. In the essay accompanying the emblem, Camerarius invokes a species of carp found only in Lake Garda, Italy, know as the "carpione." Efforts to introduce the fish in other lakes have failed and the fish is now critically endangered. According to local legend, the fish feeds on gold itself! The title, Pretiosa Pascitur Esca, means "On Precious Food It Feeds."

Scilicet est quovis doctrina potentior auro,
Has ergo ingenii collige divitias.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only two words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

doctrīna f. - education, learning, instruction
quī- quae- quidvīs: any one you please, no matter what

aurum -ī n.: gold
colligō -ere -lēgī -lēctum: gather together, collect
dīvitiae -ārum f. pl.: riches, wealth
ergo: therefore
hic haec hoc: this; hōc: on this account
ingenium -ī n.: disposition, ability, talent
potēns potentis: able, powerful
scilicet: certainly, of course
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist