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Ars naturam adiuvans.

Art assisting nature

LXXVII [=78] .

Ut Fortuna pilae,[1] cubo sic insidet Hermes:
Artibus hic, variis casibus illa praeest.
Adversus vim Fortunae est ars facta:[2] sed artis
Cùm Fortuna mala est, saepe requirit opem.
Disce bonas artes igitur studiosa iuventus,
Quae certae secum commoda sortis habent.

As Fortune rests on a sphere, so Hermes sits on a cube. He presides over the arts, she over the varied chances of life. Art was developed to counteract the effect of Fortune, but when Fortune is bad it often needs the assistance of Art. Therefore, studious youths, learn good arts, which bring with them the benefits of an outcome not subject to chance.

Notes:

1.  Variant reading, Ut spherae Fortuna, with the same meaning.

2.  Variant reading, Adversus vim Fortunae est ars tuta, ‘Art is safe against the power of Fortune’.


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    Prudens, sed infacundus.[1]

    Wise, but lacking eloquence.

    LXXV [=76] .

    Noctua Cecropiis[2] insignia praestat Athenis
    Inter aves sani noctua consilii.
    Armiferae meritò obsequiis sacrata Minervae est,
    Garrula quo cornix cesserat antè loco.[3]

    The owl provides the symbol for Athens, Cecrops’ city, for among the birds the owl is known for wise counsel. Deservedly was it dedicated to the service of weapon-bearing Minerva, in the place vacated by the chattering crow.

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    1.  In later editions, the motto becomes Prudens, magis quam loquax, ‘wise head, close mouth’.

    2.  Cecrops was a legendary wise early king of Athens, a city renowned as a place of learning. See above, Emblem 227 ([A56a227]), line 7.

    3.  garrula quo cornix cesserat, ‘vacated by the chattering crow’. The crow was dismissed from Athena’s service for telling tales, and was replaced by the owl. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.562-5. This story is represented in Aneau, ‘Periculum in terra, periculum in mari’ ([FANa029]).


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