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Maturandum.

Making good speed

LII.

Maturare iubent properŔ & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum Echeneide[1] telum.
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

COMMENTARIA.

Trito vulgo proverbio dicitur maturan-
dum quidem esse & accelerandum, paulatim
tamen & praemeditatŔ: ut dicunt, festina lente,
ne nimia festinatio parum considerata & pe-
riculosa, neve perlonga tarditas perniciosa sit
futura, sed mediocritas & modus in omni re
servetur: quod eleganter hac figura significa-
tur. Echeneis telo connexa, quid enim telo ve
locius? Echeneis ver˛ pisciculus est supra
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[f6r p91]modum tardus, de quo prolixius suprÓ in 49.
Emblemate. Fit igitur ex his medium.

Notes:

1. á‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A56a049].


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  • Maturity (+ emblematical representation of concept) [51FF511(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Swiftness, Speed; 'Agilit´┐Ż', 'Celerit´┐Ż', 'Velocit´┐Ż' (Ripa) (+ symbolical representation of concept) [51M11(+3)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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