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IN DIES MELIORA.

Getting better every day.

Emblema. 45.

Rostra novo mihi setigeri suis[1] obtulit anno,
Haecque cliens ventri noxia [=xenia] , dixit, habe
Progreditur semper, nec retro respicit unquam,
Gramina cum pando porruit [=proruit] ore vorax.
Cura vîris eadem est, ne spes sublapsa retrorsum:
Cedat, & ut melius sit, quod & ulterius.[2]

A dependant of mine brought me the head of a bristly boar at the New Year and said: Here is a present for your insides. - The pig always moves forwards and never looks back as it greedily tears up plants with its flat snout. - Men have the same attitude - they don’t want hopes to collapse and fall back, they do want what lies ahead also to be better.

Notes:

1.  setigeri suis, ‘of a bristly boar’. For pork as a seasonal present at the Saturnalia (17-23 December), see Martial, Epigrams, 14.71: ‘This pig, fattened on acorns among the foaming boars, will make your Saturnalia happy’.

2.  ulterius. This, the last word of the epigram, is written on the back of the boar in the pictura, where it suggests the meaning ‘ever onward’. Ulterius is sometimes used as a device of Charles V.


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Che sempre si dee procacciar meglio.

One must always try to improve.


Mentre pascer si suol, va sempre avanti
Il porco, e mai non si rivolge a drieto:
Cosi l’huom, ch’è; lontan da noie e pianti,
Dee procacciar che’l dolce stato e lieto
Vada sempre accrescendo, onde giamai
Non torni a dietro, & ei rimanga in guai.


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