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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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Aller de bien en mieux.

LX.

Ma partie m’a faict un groin de porceau prendre,[1]
Qu’elle a dit apporter pour estrene à mon ventre.
Le porceau marche avant, sans qu’arriere il s’addresse,
Lors qu’avec son long groin la terre il bouleverse.
Les vaillans sont ainsi, que bien l’oeuvre commencent,
Et vont de mieux en mieux, quand Plus outre ils avancent.

Commentaires.

C’est [=cest] embleme nous enseigne, que jamais il ne
nous faut quitter l’oeuvre entrepris , mais tousjours le
poursuyvre. Quand le pourceau trouve du gland, ou
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O7r p221] autre pasture, il briffe tousjours, sans aucunement
regarder derrier soy. Quelques uns estiment qu’Al-
ciat
a composé cest embleme en faveur de l’Empereur
Charles cinquiesme, à cause de ce mot Plus Ou-
tre
, lequel il eut pour devise apres sa victoire
Africaine.

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’.


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