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Maturandum.

Making good speed

Maturare iubent properč & 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.

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Tost bellement.

Il fault courir tout bellement.
Et soy a grand loisir haster.
Trop tost nest pas fait saigement.
Trop tard se doibt precipiter.
Le traict donc quon scait tost gecter,
Et remore a course enuieuse,
Ensemble a lon sceu rapporter,
Pour monstrer diligence oyseuse.

Notes:

1.  ‘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 [A39a049].


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