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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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Gluck ein geferdt der frombkeyt.

XVIII.

Der stab des Gots Mercurius
Sambt seinen schlangen, federn, huet,
Zwischen den horn des uberflu▀,
Unn▀ offenlich bedeuten thuet,
Das glert, bredte leut, vil guet
Und gelt sollen vor andern han:
Dan die hant ye den rechten muet,
Der landt und leut erhalten kan.

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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