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Qui s’emende dict en ce point.
Qu’ay je faict trop,
ou peu, ou point
?

Le noble autheur de la secte Italicque
Mist en brief [=briefs] vers sa doctrine Mysticque.[1]
Qu’ay je faict trop, ou peu, ou point. entendre
Voulant chescun a soy tel compte rendre.
Ce qu’il apprint par les Grues volantes
Qu’en leurs piedz portent pierres pesantes.[2]
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [C4r p39] Pour n’arrester, & n’estre au vent ravies.
Ainsi regir fault des hommes les vies.

Tout vice, & default gist, ou en faire mal,
que est trop faire: ou laisser le bien,
que est, point faire, ou ne faire assez
bien son devoir, que est trop peu fai-
re
, dequoy les Grues donnent exemple,
qui en volant portent pierres, pour n’estre
trop arrestan-tes en l’air, ne trop peu pe-
santes l’arbitre du vent. Et de ces trois cho
ses doibt chescun la fin du jour rendre
compte soymesme.

Notes:

1. ‘Founder of the Italian sect’, i.e. Pythagoras. Born in Samos, he emigrated in 531 BC to Croton in South Italy, where he founded a religious/philosophical sect.

2. Cranes wisely carrying stones as ballast are likened to men of foresight in Suidas (i.e, the Suda), s.v. geranos. Other reasons were suggested by ancient writers for this habit


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ANDREAE AL-
CIATI
EMBLEMATUM LI-
BELLUS, NUPER IN LU-
CEM EDITUS.

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VENETIIS, M.D. XLVI.
Cum privilegio Pauli III. Pontificis Maximi &
Senatus Veneti, ad annos decem. Page icon Link to an image of this page [A1v] Page icon Link to an image of this page [A2r]
CLARISSIMO HIERONYMO
BERNARDO
PETRUS
RHOSITHINUS
SALUTEM

QUd animi mei singulare in te studium
Hieronyme amplissime sit: in causa
sunt tum eximiae istae virtutes, qui-
bus te inter patritios clarissimos admi-
ror; tum familia ista, quam inter pri-
marias honestissimam esse intelligo. verum, ut nihil
impensius desidero, qum te officio quopiam promereri:
ita nullum mihi munus, ad voluntatem hanc tibi ex-
plicandam, facere videtur. eapropter sanequam ange
bar in praesentia; cum nihil novum, hoc est, te dignum
ex aedibus nostris ederetur, quod nomini tuo dica-
rem, munerique mitterem. quemadmodum vero ex
omnibus actionibus, ad quas propter animi ἐξοχὴν na-
tus homo est, nullam prorsus praestantiorem unquam
existimavi; qum , cum studiose contendimus, ut &
nostrae etatis hominibus et posteris consulatur: sic omneis
naevos tenedia bipenni, ut aiunt, libello Emblematum
Alciati sustulimus, qui in lucem ab archetypo vero re-
cens prodit; qui profecto nisi is fuisset, nos haud secus
agere, qum ἐκ τῆς ψάμμου σχοινον πλέκειν, coegisset.
sed, ut redeam, unde diverti; accipe munus hoc no
strum ea fronte, quae semper, quanta tua sit humani-
tas, plane declarat: t certo scias, eo non voluntati
meae, sed tempori satisfactum esse. delectabunt te Page icon Link to an image of this page [2v] ipsius lusus, exempla, ioci, doctrina, cultus, varietas,
elegantia, imagines, & alia permulta; quae facile
& assequeris, & approbabis. Venetiis. Cal. Iu-
nii: MD XLVI.

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