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Maturandum.

Making good speed

LII.

Maturare iubent properè & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum Echeneide[1] telum.
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

COMMENTARIA.

Trito vulgo proverbio dicitur maturan-
dum quidem esse & accelerandum, paulatim
tamen & praemeditatè: ut dicunt, festina lente,
ne nimia festinatio parum considerata & pe-
riculosa, neve perlonga tarditas perniciosa sit
futura, sed mediocritas & modus in omni re
servetur: quod eleganter hac figura significa-
tur. Echeneis telo connexa, quid enim telo ve
locius? Echeneis verò pisciculus est supra
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [f6r p91]modum tardus, de quo prolixius suprà in 49.
Emblemate. Fit igitur ex his medium.

Notes:

1.  ‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A56a049].


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In facilè à virtute desciscentes.

Easily deflected from the right course

Parva velut limax Remora spreto[1] impete venti,
Remorumque ratem sistere sola potest.
Sic quosdam ingenio & virtute ad sydera vectos,
Detinet in medio tramite causa levis.
Anxia lis veluti est, vel qui meretricius ardor
Egregiis iuvenes sevocat à studiis.[2]

Just as the little slug, the remora, scorning the impetus of wind and oars, can by itself stop a ship from moving, so some trivial reason holds back in mid-course people who through intellect and ability are on their way to the stars: for example, a worrying law-suit, or that desire for whores which entices young men away from their good studies.

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A ceulx qui facilement lais-
sent vertus.

Il est des gens, dont la nature
Est si noble, heureuse, & puissante,
Que silz suyvoient leur adventure,
Ilz auroient vers tout bon heur sente:
Peu de cas retient leur entente,
Com Remora grand nef retient.
Ainsi amours proces pour rente,
Lestude a vifz espritz detient.
Aultrement.
Aulcuns vigoureux desperit
Se arrestent a petit de chose,
Ce pendant leur temps se perit,
Aux amours proces noise enclose:
Ilz laissent loix, vers latins, prose,
Pour satisfaire a leur facon.
Cest comme la nef qui repose,
Par Remora petit poisson.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: spreto Remora.

2.  [A39a052] notes, Cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.231, 253.


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