Saturday, June 2, 2012

Non Amor Omnia Vincit

Here is an emblem and distich by Bornitius, 1.50. The emblem plays with the traditional Latin saying, Omnia Vincit Amor (as made famous by Vergil, Eclogue 10). It turns out that somnus is stronger even than love, as shown by the sleeping Cupid in the emblem's illustration.

Non Amor Omnia Vincit
Omnia vincit amor, sed tandem somnus amorem;
Fortius imperium somnus amore gerit.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

amor -ōris m.: love
fortis -e: brave
gerō gerere gessī gestum: bear, manage; bellum gerere, wage war
imperium -ī n.: command, power
nōn: not
omnis -e: all, every, as a whole
sed: but
somnus -ī m.: sleep, slumber; (pl.) dreams
tandem: finally
vincō vincere vīcī victum: conquer