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EMBLEMA XXXV.

Maturandum.

Making good speed

Maturare iubent properč & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E5v f24v]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.

Das XXXV.

Eil mit weil.

Mann gmeinlich spricht, man eilen sol
Und darzu auch verziehen wol
Sey nicht zu jach und gar zu schnell
Oder den verzug zlang hinderstell
Das gibt dir die Remor zverstohn
Die umb ein schnellen Pfeil thut gon
Langsamer art diese Conch ist
Der Pfeil geschwind von dannen wüscht.

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 [A67a172].


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