Sunday, April 22, 2012

Virtute Ac Studio Per Orbem Fama Perpetua Comparatur

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2:12, with an English rendering by George Wither. There is a laurel wreath in the shape of the world itself there in the emblem!

Virtute Ac Studio Per Orbem Fama Perpetua Comparatur
Virtus ac studium causa est, quod in orbe, per omne
Aevum, perpetuo gloria nostra viret.

By Studiousnesse, in Vertue's waies
Men gaine an universall-praise.

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

vireō -ēre, viruī - be green, flourish

aevum -i n.: eternity; lifetime, age
atque, ac: and in addition, and also, and; (after comparatives) than; simul atque, as soon as
causa -ae f.: cause, reason
comparō -āre: get ready, provide; compare
fāma -ae f.: rumor, fame
glōria -ae f.: glory, fame
in: in, on (+ abl.); into, onto (+ acc)
noster nostra nostrum: our
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
orbis -is m.: circle; orbis terrārum: world
per: through (+acc.)
perpetuus -a -um: unbroken, perpetual
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
studium -ī n.: eagerness, zeal
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue