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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N2v p196]

Le terme.[1]

Ung fort Perron quarré est mis en terre,
Et demy homme entaillé sur la pierre.
Qui dict qu’a nul ne cede, tant est ferme,
Le but auquel tous tendent: C’est le terme:[2]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N3r p197] Le jour prefix immuable se treuve,
Et la fin, faict du commencement preuve,

terme est le dernier but, & extreme
fin & bourne de toutes choses, oultre le-
quel on ne sauroit plus reculer. Par-
quoy les anciens en feirent ung dernier
Dieu, qui à Jupiter mesme ne voulut ce-
der, l’image duquel Erasme avoit en son
signet: avec la devise, nulli cedo,
a nul ne cede
, assez peu modeste,
Ce que modestement semble icy estre
noté.

Notes:

1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.  For Terminus, the unyielding boundary stone, see Livy, 1.55. Terminus and the motto Concedo nulli were adopted by Erasmus as his personal emblem. See Erasmus, Epistulae, 1092 (CWE Correspondence, vol. 7).

See Emblem 176, note to line 11 CHECK ([A58a176]).

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