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Nec verbo nec facto quenquam
laedendum.

Injure no-one, either by word or deed.

Assequitur, Nemesisque virm vestigia servat,
Continet & cubitum duraque frena manu.
Ne mal quid facias, neve improba verba loquaris:
Et iubet in cunctis rebus adesse modum.[1]

Nemesis follows on and marks the tracks of men. In her hand she holds a measuring rod and harsh bridles. She bids you do nothing wrong, speak no wicked word, and commands that moderation be present in all things.

Notes:

1. This epigram is based on Anthologia graeca 16.223-4.


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In avaros, vel quibus melior condi-
tio ab extraneis offertur.[1]

On the avaricious; or being treated better by strangers.

XI.

Delphini insidens vada coerula sulcat Arion[2],
Hocque aures mulcet, fraenat & ora sono.
Qum sit avari hominis, non tam mens dira ferarum est,
Quique viris rapimur, piscibus eripimur.

Astride a dolphin, Arion cleaves the dark blue waves, and with this song charms the creature’s ears and muzzles its mouth: “The mind of wild beasts is not so savage as that of greedy man. We who are savaged by men are saved by fish”.

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De ceulx qui ont bon heur
par estrangiers.

XI.

L’on gectoit Arion en mer
Qui tenant sa harpe, supplie
Qu’il joue, avant que en eaue pasmer:
Il chet sa chanson accomplie.
Mais l’eaue de poissons remplie,
Preste ung Daulphin, qui le supporte:
Ainsi la beste ayde desplie
Contre le mal que l’homme apporte.

Notes:

1. The first Wechel edition in 1534 had a different woodcut.

2. The crew of the ship on which the celebrated musician Arion was travelling, after robbing him, prepared to throw him overboard. He persuaded them to allow him to play his lyre for the last time. Then, after invoking the gods, he jumped into the sea, whereupon a music-loving dolphin conveyed him to land. See Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 16.19.


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