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MATURANDUM.

All in good time

Emblema. 20.

Maturare iubent properè, & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum aecheneide[1] telum:
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

Notes:

1.  ‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A15a081].


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Il fault estre moeur.

Ne tost, ne tard, toute action soit moeure
Sans trop grand haste, & trop longue demeure.
Cecy declare, une concque, & ung dard.
L’une retarde: & l’aultre soubdain part.

En toute action est requise maturite, qui est
moyenne vertu entre les vices de hastivete,
& tardisveté signifiéz par la concque remo-
re arrestant les nefz, & le dard soubdain.


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