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Maturandum.

Making good speed

LII.

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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Eyl mit weyl.

LII.

Ein gmain sprichwort ist, eyl mit weyl,
Gar kunstlich hye gezaiget an,
Der fisch Remora umb ein pfeyl
Gewunden, gibt es zu verstan:
Des fisch natur ist stiller stan,
Der pfeyl ferd schneller dann der wind,
In allen sachen mittel han,
Hayst nit zu spat, und nit zu gschwind.

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 [A42b049].


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