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In iuventam.

On youth

Emblema xcix.

Natus uterque Iovis, tener atque imberbis uterque,
Quem Latona tulit, quem tulit & Semele,[1]
Salvete, aeterna simul & florete iuventa,
Numine sit vestro quae diuturna mihi.
Tu vino curas, tu victu dilue morbos,
Ut lento accedat curva[2] senecta pede.

Sons of Jove, each of you, each of you tender and beardless, one born of Latona, one of Semele, hail! Be glorious together in your everlasting youth, and may youth by your divine assent last long for me. You wash away my cares with wine, and you dissolve my bodily ills with [disciplined] living, that bowed old age may approach with slow footsteps.

AD firmandam conservandamque valetudinem
corporis, duo sunt observanda, certa victus ra-
tio, & vini usus moderatus, qui curas animo pel-
lat, vitámque hilarem faciat. Quod praeceptum
συμβολικῶς expresserunt qui iisdem aris Phoebum
medicinae numen, & Bacchum vini Deum collocarunt.

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Sur la Jeunesse.

DIeu gard, vous Dieux, tous deux seans
En ce mesme temple leans,
L’un fils à Latone la belle,
Et l’autre aussi fils à Semele.
Soyez jeunes ensemblement,
Et faictes que pareillement
Par vostre moyen & largesse
Je sois maintenu en jeunesse.
Par ce, Bacchus, que donneras,
Tout souci de moy chasseras:
Toy Apollon, aux maladies
Par ton art prompt tu remedies:
Que sont deux poincts en verité
Qui conservent l’homme en santé.

POur bien garder & conserver la santé
corporelle, deux choses aident de beau-
coup, à sçavoir une certaine regle de vivre,
& l’usage du vin bien temperé, qui chasse les
soucis de l’esprit, & rend la vie joyeuse. Le-
quel precepte ceux ont representé par sym-
boles qui ont logé en mesmes autels Phe-
bus
, dieu de la medecine, & Bacchus in-
venteur du vin.

Notes:

1.  Apollo (son of Latona) and Dionysus (son of Semele), gods of healing and of wine. Beautiful and ever young, they were often linked, e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.421; 4.18; Epistulae (Heroides), 1.14.31. For Dionysus (Bacchus), see Emblem 25 ([FALc025]).

2.  Variant reading in 1550, sera senecta, ‘that old age may approach late’.


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