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HOMO CUM IN HONORE ESSET:
NON INTELLEXIT. & COM-
PARATUS EST IUMENTIS.

MAN, ALTHOUGH IN A STATE OF HONOUR, DID NOT KNOW IT, AND HE ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE COMPARED TO THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD.

Humana in magno cm Natura esset honore
Non agnovit, & est aequiparata bovi.[1]
At postqum proprio speculata in fonte: seipsam
Vidit, & ut vidit, novit, & erubuit.
Amplius & terrae sese adclinare gravata:
Exurrexit: & os substulit ad superos
Agnovtque Deum, & Rationem. protinus illi
Reddita imago Dei, pristina forma fuit.

Human nature, although held in great honour, did not recognize this, and compared herself to a cow. But having seen her own reflection in a fountain, she saw herself; and as she saw herself, she recognized herself and blushed, that, weighed down, she had leaned too closely on the earth. She got up and raised her face to heaven and recognized God and Reason. And immediately the image of God and her ancient beauty were restored to her.

Notes:

1. The engraving shows an illustration of the Io episode in the Metamorphoses.



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