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IN FIDEM UXORIAM.

On faithfulness in a wife

Ecce puella viro quae dextra iungitur, ecce
Ut sedet? ut catulus lusitat ante pedes.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [D2v]Haec fidei est species Veneris quam si educat ardor,
Malorum in laeva non male ramus erit.
Poma etenim Veneris sunt, sic echeneida[1] [=Scheneida] vicit.
Hippomanes, petiit sic Galathea[2] virum.

See here a girl, her right hand clasping her husband’s. See how she sits, how a puppy plays at her feet. This is a representation of faithfulness, and if Venus’s ardour nurtures it, a branch bearing apples may well be seen in on the left. For apples are Venus’s fruit; by them Hippomenes defeated Schoeneus’s daughter; with them Galatea sought her man.

Notes:

1. Scheneida, ‘Schoeneus’ daugher’, i.e. Atalanta. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.560ff. for the story: Atalanta would marry none but the man who could beat her at running. Hippomenes tricked her into losing the vital race by throwing down in turn three golden apples given him by Venus.

2. Galatea, a girl who throws apples at the man she fancies: Vergil, Eclogues 3.64-5.


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EMBLEMA VIII.

Princeps subditorum incolumitatem
procurans.

The Prince caring for the safety of his subjects

Titanii[1] quoties conturbant aequora fratres,
Tum miseros nautas anchora iacta iuvat.
Hanc pius erga homines Delphin[2] complectitur, imis
Tutius ut possit, figier illa vadis.
Quam decet haec memores gestare insignia Reges,
Anchora quod nautis, se populo esse suo.

Whenever the brothers of Titan race churn up the seas, then the dropped anchor aids the wretched sailors. The dolphin that cares for man wraps itself round the anchor so that it may grip more securely at the bottom of the sea. - How appropriate it is for kings to bear this symbol, mindful that what the anchor is to sailors, they are to their people.

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Das VIII.

Ein Frst der seinen Underthonen nutz
und heil schafft.

So offt Astrei Sn das Meer
Ungstm machen und treiben sehr
Als dann sencken den Ancker tieff
Ins Meer die Schiffleut on verdrie
Umb den wickelt sich der Delphin stet
So grosse lieb zum Menschen tret
Damit das halten thu im grundt
Dest steiffer und nicht wanck zstundt
Solchs wol die grossen Herren solln
So Land und Leut regieren wlln
Mercken, da irn Underthon all
Seyen der Ancker in unfall.

Notes:

1. ‘The brothers of Titan race’, i.e. the winds: Aurora, daughter of the Titan Hyperion, was the mother of the West, North and South winds. See Hesiod, Theogony 378-80.

2. The dolphin was supposed to guide the anchor to a good resting place. It was always friendly to man ([A67a159]). In general, see Erasmus, Adagia 1001, Festina lente.


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