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Maturandum.

All in good time

Emblema xx.

Maturare iubent properè, & 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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IN rebus arduis, ex quibus neglectis aliquid peri-
culi esse potest, causendum est à nimia celerita-
te, nimiáve mora. Videndum enim maximè ut ma-
turè non modò rem quam sumus aggressuri, susci-
piamus, sed & susceptam maturè persequamur: ne
in capiendo consilio imprudentia vel error com-
mittatur, aut in mora periculum. Id ostenditur
symbolis duobus inter se iunctis, telo & remora:
quod expressit Caesar Augustus cum diceret, σπεῦδε
βραδέως
, quo monebat ut ad rem agendam simul
adhiberetur & industriae celeritas, & tarditas dili-
gentiae: ex quibus contrariis simul iunctis fit ea
quae dicitur maturitas, quando quid auspicamur
& perficimus tempestivè.

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Qu’il fault meurement en-
treprendre.

C’Est un enseignement, qui de tous sages part,
Qu’il ne fault commencer ny trop tost, ny trop tard.
Mais quand le temps est meur, & la saison est proche:
La Remore attachee au traict, ouvertement
Nous declare cecy. Elle va lentement,
Et le traict aussi tost s’en part qu’on le decoche.

ES affaires de consequence, & esquelles
y peust avoir danger, si on les neglige,
il se fault donner garde de trop grande cele-
rité, ou trop grande hastiveté, Car il fault
veoir sur tout que non seulement nous en-
treprenions avec maturité ce que nous vou-
lons entreprendre, mais aussi que nous pour-
suivions de mesme ce qui est commencé: à
ce qu’en prenant conseil, n’entrevienne quel-
que imprudence ou erreur: ou quelque dan-
ger pour le retardement. Ce qui est demon-
tré par deux marques joinctes ensemble-
ment, assavoir le traict & la Remore. Ce que
entendoit Cesar Auguste, quand il disoit,
haste toy tout bellement: par cela voullant
entendre, que pour entreprendre quelque
bon affaire, il falloit employer & joindre la
celerité à l’industrie, & quelque tardité à la
diligence: desquelles choses contraires ac-
couplees ensemble est composee la maturi-
té qu’on appelle: c’est quand on entreprend
& poursuit-on bien à point quelque affaire.

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 [FALc082].


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