Friday, May 18, 2012

Nulla Dies Sine Linea

Here is today's emblem and distich by Gabriel Rollenhagen, Book 2.24, with an English rendering by George Wither. I always consider nulla dies sine linea to be the blogger's motto! :-)

Nulla Dies Sine Linea
Nulla dies abeat, quin linea ducta sit, usus
Solus erit, magnos qui facit artifices.

Each Day a Line, small tasks appeares
Yet, much it makes in threescore Yeares.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are two words which are not on the DCC list:

artifex, artificis m. - artist, master, maker
līnea f. - line

abeo -īre -iī -itum: go away
diēs diēī m./f.: day
dūco dūcere dūxī ductum: lead; uxōrem ducere, marry
facio facere fēcī factum: do, make
māgnus -a -um great
nūllus -a -um: not any, no one
qui, quae, quod: who, which, what; quis quid: who? what? which?
quīn: (adv.) indeed, in fact; (conjunction) so that . . . not (+ subj.)
sine: without (+ abl.)
sōlus -a -um: only, alone; sōlum (adv.), only, merely
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
ūsus -ūs m.: use, experience