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EMBLEMA LXV.

Virtuti Fortuna comes.

Good fortune attendant on virtue

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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Das LXV.

Das Glück ist der Tugent gefert.

Der frieden Stab Mercurii
Mit zweyen Flügeln steht auffrecht hie
Zwo Schlangen gewickelt darumb
Zwischen den horn Amalthee krumb
Also auch die klugen Mann weiß
Und so haben mit Kunst den preiß
Werden begabt mit Reichthumb vil
Diß Bildnuß uns solchs deuten wil.

Notes:

1.  This 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.  Amalthea 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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