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NY TEMERAIREMENT,
ny laschement.[1]

TOy qui traictes prudent un important affaire,
D’ou l’interest publique, ou le tien propre fort,
Regle sur ce patron ton gouvernal accort:
Et ta nef attaindra le havre salutaire.

D’un costé voy la femme, à qui rien ne peut plaire
S’il n’est precipité, soit à droit, soit à tort,
De l’autre ce vieilard au lent, & foible effort,
Et tardif à l’egal que la femme est legere.

Plus qu’elle le Daulphin n’est remuant cognu:
Le vielard plus que l’ancre est lent, & retenu:
Et l’advis de ces deux separé te peut nuire.

Si leur conseil tu joints par bon temperament,
Et que tous tes desseins tu hastes lentement,
Ton affaire obtiendra le succés qu’il desire.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H4r p63]

Ad Ioannem Aubrium Trecensem.[2]

Nec temerè Nec Segniter.

Neither rashly nor sluggishly

DUm rem suscipies prudens quamcunque gerendam,
Consilium hinc mulier suggeret, inde senex.
Coepta, morae impatiens, festina, ait, impiger At tu:
Lentê, inquit, propera, tardus hic, illà levis.

When you undertake anything which has to be done wisely, the woman offers advice in one direction and the old man in the other. She says make haste swiftly with what you have begun, impatient [to avoid] delay. But he says hurry slowly; he is behindhand, she is trivial [too rushed].

Notes:

1.  This emblem, and its Latin motto is based on the well-known emblematic phrase, ‘Festina lente’ (Make haste slowly), the words of which figure here in the Latin quatrain (lines 3-4). See Erasmus, Adagia, 2.1.1.

2.  Jean Aubry: goldsmith and publisher in Metz (but originally from Troyes); his daughter Marie married Boissard in 1587.


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