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In dies meliora.

Getting better every day.

Rostra novo mihi setigeri suis[1] obtulit anno,
Haecque cliens ventri xenia (dixit) habe.
Progreditur semper, nec retro respicit unquam,
Gramina cum pando proruit ore vorax.
Cura viris 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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Esperance prochaine.

Tourmente est Republicque, de tant
De maulx, que seulle esperance est restant.
Comme une nef en mer aulx vents tendue
De toutes pars par les flotz ja fendue.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [E2v p68] Mais quand Castor, & Pollux y viendra:
Les coeurs faillis. Bon espoir nous rendra.

Translation d’une nef agite de
tourmente: une Republicque
vexe. Et des feux de Castor, &
Pollux
: aulx defenseurs de Re-
publicque, ou survenue de bon
Prince, ou bons gouverneurs.
Lesquelz feux apparoissans en
tourmente signifient salut pro-
chain: & sont appellz des Ma-
riniers, Sainct Esme, & sainct
Clair
.


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