Saturday, April 28, 2012

Transitus Celer Est Et Avolamus

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:18, with an English rendering by George Wither.

Transitus Celer Est Et Avolamus
Transitus hinc celer est, subitoque volare videmur
Caelestem in patriam, ad gaudia sancta poli.

Where er'e we dwell, the Heav'ns are neere
Let us but fly, and wee are there.

Here is the vocabulary:

transitus - passage, crossing
celer - swift, speedy, fast
sum - be, exist
et - and
avolo - fly, vanish, rush off
hinc - from here
subito - suddenly, unexpectedly
que - and
volo - fly
video - see; videor - seem
caelestis - heavenly, celestial
in - in, into
patria - fatherland, homeland, home
ad - to, towards
gaudium - joy
sanctus - sacred, holy
polus - pole, heaven, sky