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In simulachrum Spei.

Emblema. xliiii.[1]

Quae Dea tam laeto suspectans sidera vultu?
Cuius peniculis reddita imago fuit?
Elpidii[2] fecere manus. Ego nominor illa,
Quae miseris promptam Spes bona praestat opem.
Cur viridis tibi palla? qud omnia me duce vernent.
Quid manibus mortis tela[3] refracta geris?
Quod vivos sperare decet, praecido sepultis.
Cur in dolioli tegmine pigra sedes?
Sola domi mansi volitantibus undique noxis,
Ascraei[4] ut docuit musa verenda senis:
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [H6r f66r] Quae tibi adest volucris? Cornix fidissimus oscen[5],
Est bene cm nequeat dicere, dicit, erit.
Qui comites? bonus Eventus[6], praecpsque Cupido.
Qui praeeunt? Vigilum somnia vana vocant.
Quae tibi iuncta astat? scelerum Ramnusia[7] vindex,
Scilicet ut speres, nil, nisi quod liceat.

What goddess is this, looking up to the stars with face so glad? By whose brush was this image depicted? - The hands of Elpidius made me. I am called Good Hope, the one who brings ready aid to the wretched. - Why is your garment green? - Because everything will spring green when I lead the way. - Why do you hold Death’s blunt arrows in your hands? - The hopes that the living may have, I cut short for the buried. - Why do you sit idle on the cover of a jar? - I alone stayed behind at home when evils fluttered all around, as the revered muse of the old poet of Ascra has told you. - What bird is at your side? - A crow, the faithful prophet. When it cannot say, ‘All’s well’, it says, ‘All shall be well’. - Who are your companions? - Happy Ending and Eager Desire. - Who go before you? - They call them the idle dreams of those who are awake. - Who stands close beside you? - Rhamnusia, the avenger of crimes, to make sure that you hope for nothing but what is allowed.

PUlcherrima Spei descriptio ex adiunctis & effectis
quae symbolis convenientissimis explicantur. Ea
hominem laetum reddit, & semper meliora expe-
ctantem, adeo ut ad mortem usque comitetur, mera
sibi fingit somnia nihilque non sibi pollicetur. Si ta-
men immoderata sit & importuna, ultricem habet
Nemesim, quae vota plus aequo ambitiosa facit irri-
ta, quaeque omnem cupidorum arrogantiam ul-
ciscitur.

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SUR LA STATUE OU
image d’Esperance.

QUi est ceste deesse ayant en haut les yeux,
D’un visage tant gay les jettant jusqu’aux cieux
Et qui en est l’ouvrier? Cestuy Elpid’ s’appelle:
Moy je suis Esperance, &, bien dire, celle
Qui donne aux souffreteux un prompt allegement.
A quelle fin as-tu ce beau verd vestement?
Par moy tout reverdit & revient en liesse,
Pourquoy les traicts de mort sont rompus d’hardiesse?
Parce que je conseille aux vivans d’endurer,
Et jusques la fin tousjours mieux esperer.
Mais pourquoy t’assies-tu sur un tonneau oisive?
Toute seule je fus, qui demeuray retifve,
Sur le bord du tonneau, alors que les malheurs
Voloient de tous costez avecques mille peurs:
D’Hesiode en fait foy la Muse antique & belle.
Mais qui est cest oiseau? La Corneille fidelle,
Ne pouvant entonner, il est, dit, il sera:
C’est ce qui ores n’est demain estre pourra,
Qui sont tes compagnons? c’est la Bonne aventure,
Et Cupidon aussi de soudaine nature.
Qui sont ceux de devant? ce sont les Songes vains
Lesquels le plus souvent appastent les humains,
Mais celle qui te suyt? c’est une grand deesse
Nemese en est le nom: des fautes vengeresse:
Qui monstre qu’il ne faut trop haut s’avanturer,
Ny se promettre rien qu’il ne faille esperer,

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C’Est icy une fort belle description d’E-
sperance, prinse de ses effects & circon-
stances, qui sont representees par symboles
& marques bien propos. Esperance rend
l’homme joyeux, & tousjours attendant
choses meilleures, de maniere qu’elle l’ac-
compagne en telle opinion jusques la mort.
elle se feint des songes, & se promet montz
& merveilles, si toutesfois elle se rend im-
moderee & importune, elle a une vange-
resse qui la suit, c’est Nemesis, laquelle met
en fumee les souhaits trop hautains, & pu-
nit toute sorte d’arrogance d’hommes qui se
promettent trop.

Notes:

1. Corrected from the Errata

2. Elpidius is an invented name derived from Greek ἐλπίς, ‘hope’.

3. For Death’s arrows cf. [FALc154], [FALc155].

4. ‘the old poet of Ascra’, i.e. Hesiod. See Hesiod, Opera et dies 90ff. for the story of Pandora’s box or jar.

5. ‘a crow, the faithful prophet’. The crow was a bird of prophecy and an emblem of hope. Its caw was interpreted as cras, cras, ‘tomorrow, tomorrow’. Cf. the proverb, Quod hodie non est, cras erit: ‘What is not today shall be tomorrow.’

6. Bonus Eventus or Bonne Aventure, cf. Evento Buono in Ripa, Iconologia; also called ‘Success’ or ‘Happy Ending’.

7. Rhamnusia, i.e. Nemesis, who had a shrine at Rhamnus in Attica.


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