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ILLICITUM NON SPERANDUM.

Do not hope for what is not allowed

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Spes simul & Nemesis nostris altaribus adsunt,
Scilicet ut speres non nisi quod liceat.[1]

Hope and Retribution stand together beside the altar I have built, to ensure that you hope only for that which is allowed.

Notes:

1.  This woodcut is also used for In simulachrum spei ([A31a078]).


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AMITIE.

Amitie durante, voire apres la mort.[1]

Une Olme seiche, & sans fueille,[2] embrassa
La belle vigne, & sa verdeur dressa.
Recoignoissant naturel benefice,
Rendit le droict de mutuel office.
Donnant exemple, amys telz comparer,
Que mort aussi ne puisse separer.

La vraye amitié est de l’esperit, non du corps, l’esperit
est immortel: parquoy elle est immortelle, faisant fai
re debvoir d’amy, non seullement en la vie: mais aussi
apres la mort. Comme feit Alexandre à Hephestion.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus’ famous variations on this theme in De copia (CWE 24. pp. 354-64).

2.  In ancient Italy young vines were often supported by elm trees. See Vergil, Georgics 1.2.


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