Latin/Libri semper virescit amor
Hi, I came across this phrase 'libri semper virescit amor' in a book and googled it thinking it might be a famous Latin phrase but nothing came up. I used to study Latin but I am a bit rusty with my grammar. I know it's something roughly to do with books, always and love but not sure what 'virescit' means and how the whole sentence comes together? I don't know if it would make any difference to the meaning of the book, thank you for your help.
the Latin phrase "libri semper virescit amor" used as a motto in a decorative label into a book, often on the inside front cover, means: “Love of the book always flourishes“ as well as “Love of the book always becomes greater”, just to denote that our love of/for books always grows.
As for a grammatical analysis of this sentence, please read more below.
Please note that:
-LIBRI(genitive singular of the masculine noun LIBER, 2nd.declension)= of the book
-SEMPER (adverb) = always
-VIRESCIT (3rd.person singular, present indicative of VIRESCO, inchoative verb of VIREO) = flourishes/grows/ becomes greater
-AMOR (subject in the nominative case, masculine noun, 3rd.declension)= love