Friday, April 27, 2012

Prudente Simplicitate

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:17, with an English rendering by George Wither. The visual emblem alludes the simplicity of the doves and the prudence of snakes, and in the background you can see Mary's encounter with Jesus as a gardener:

Prudente Simplicitate
Vitam quod faciat beatiorem
Prudens simplicitas, pie putamus.

Man's life, no Temper, more doth blesse
Then Simple-prudent-harmelessenesse.

Here is the vocabulary:

prudens - sensible, farseeing
simplicitas - simplicity, candor
vita - life
quod - because, insofar as
facio - make
beatus - blessed, happy
pius - devout, dutiful, pious
puto - think