Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mergitur, Non Obruitur

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This is one of the emblems of Joachim Camerarius, 3.56. The emblematic image shows a bird, the so-called mergus in Latin, a "diver" bird, whose resilience we can all emulate.

Mergitur, Non Obruitur
Non raro mediis vir fortis mergitur undis
Adversae sortis, nec tamen obruitur.

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

mergo, mergere: sink, plunge, immerse
obruo, obruere: overwhelm, crush, ruin

adversus -a -um: facing, opposed; unfavorable; adversus (-um): (adv. and prep.) facing, opposite, against, opposed (to)
fortis -e: brave
medius -a -um: middle, central
neque nec: and not, nor; neque . . . neque, neither . . . nor
nōn: not
rarus -a -um: wide apart, loose, thin; rare, seldom
sors sortis f.: lot, fate, destiny; oracle
tamen: nevertheless, still
unda -ae f.: wave, flowing water, water
vir virī m.: man