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Humentia siccis[1].[2]

Moist thing to dry

Le Tizon ardant au bout, & soutenant deus seaus
d’eau, que portoit en Devise Galeaz Visconte, deuzie-
me de ce nom, Duc de Milan, se pourroit communement
entendre de ceus que lon dit qui portent le feu & l’eau.
Si feroit aussi (le prenant plus haut) des ardantes afec-
cions, avec lesquelles l’homme porte aussi (par divine
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [d2r p51]providence) le moyen de les esteindre par la raison. La
prouesse (particulierement) dudit Duc, est aussi demon-
tree par cette Devise, car lui ayant veincu au combat
un certein Signeur Flamand, qui la portoit premiere-
ment, la tira soy pour le Trofee de sa victoire.[3]

Notes:

1. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.19.

2. This image is paired with the motto ‘Frigida Pugnabunt Calidis’, (They will fight cold with heat) in Paradin 1551.

3. The details of this commentary are a bit hazy, as Galeazzo II Visconti was not duke, but lord of Milan - his son Gian Galeazzo became the first duke in 1395, and was a more famous character in history, mostly for his ruthless nature. Equally obscure is the reference to the Flemish Lord.



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