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Princeps subditorum incolumita-
tem procurans.

The Prince caring for the safety of his subjects

XXI.

Titanii[1] quoties conturbant aequora fratres,
Tum miseros nautas anchora iacta iuvat.
Hanc pius erga homines Delphin[2] complectitur, imis
Tutius ut possit figier illa vadis.
Quām decet haec memores gestare insignia Reges,
Anchora quod nautis, se populo esse suo.

Whenever the brothers of Titan race churn up the seas, then the dropped anchor aids the wretched sailors. The dolphin that cares for man wraps itself round the anchor so that it may grip more securely at the bottom of the sea. - How appropriate it is for kings to bear this symbol, mindful that what the anchor is to sailors, they are to their people.

COMMENTARIA.

Titanii fratres gigantes fuere ex Titane
nati, & ā poëtis pro ventis ponuntur. Quoties-
cunque igitur ventorum procellis ac tempestati-
bus mare commovetur & saevit, mox trepidi
nautae ad anchoram confugiunt, eamque in mare
proiectam statim Delphin (piscis maris celerri-
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [c4v p40]mus ac praecipuus hominum amator, ut ex Pli-
nio
& Gellio suprā Emblemate XII [=XI] .[3] proba-
vimus) in imo fundo amplectitur, ut videlicet
fortior firmiorque illa subsistat, eō etiam tutius
navigantes conserventur. Huiusmodi enim-
verō stemata atque insignia peregregič Regi-
bus conveniunt, hi enim suis subditis non se-
cus ac nautis anchora in summis necessitati-
bus praesidio esse possunt. Inde etiam adagio di
citur in extremo discrimine laborantibus sa-
cram anchoram solvere, ut Erasmus in Chiliadibus.

Notes:

1.  ‘The brothers of Titan race’, i.e. the winds: Aurora, daughter of the Titan Hyperion, was the mother of the West, North and South winds. See Hesiod, Theogony 378-80.

2.  The dolphin was supposed to guide the anchor to a good resting place. It was always friendly to man ([A56a011]). In general, see Erasmus, Adagia 1001, Festina lente.

3.  See [A56a011]


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