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Virtuti fortuna comes.

Good fortune attendant on virtue

XVIII.

Anguibus implicitis geminis caduceus[1] alis,
Inter Amalthaeae cornua[2] rectus adest.
Pollentes sic mente viros, fandique peritos
Indicat, ut rerum copia multa beet.

The caduceus, with entwined snakes and twin wings, stands upright between the horns of Amalthea. It thus indicates how material wealth blesses men of powerful intellect, skilled in speaking.

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Fortune est compaigne a Vertus.

XVIII.

Le baston du dieu de eloquence,
Avec ses serpentz & plumettes,
Entre les cornes de abundance,
Monstre quelz (vous gens de plume) estes
C’est que voz dictieres & rimettes,
Dignes sont que bien on vous livre,
Ainsi que ouvriers par leurs limettes,
Font le gaing dont ilz peuvent vivre.

Notes:

1. áThis was the herald’s staff, attribute of Mercury, god of eloquence, intellectual pursuits and financial success. The entwined serpents are a symbol of peace. See Pliny Natural History 29.12.54. The caduceus was Alciato’s personal device and was carved on his tomb at Pavia.

2. áAmalthea was the she-goat that suckled the infant Jupiter. Her horn became the cornucopia, the horn of plenty. See Erasmus, Adagia 502, Copiae cornu.


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