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EMBLEMA CLXXII [=171] .

Desidiam abiiciendam.

Away with idleness.

Quisquis iners abeat. Nam in choenice figere sedem[1],
Nos prohibent Samii[2] dogmata sancta senis.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q3r f110r]Surge igitur, duroque manus adsuesce labori,
Det tibi dimensos crastina ut hora cibos.

Let the idle man take himself off -- for the holy pronouncements of the old sage of Samos forbid us to sit tight on the bushel-box. Get up therefore, get your hands accustomed to hard work, so that tomorrow’s hour may give you your due measure of sustenance.

Das CLXXII [=171] .

Man sol tregheit ablegen.

Wer faul wil seyn sich bald mach weg
Und lig nit auff der Bernhaut treg
Solchs lehret uns der alte Heid
Pithagoras mit gutem bscheid
Derhalben mach dich auff gar bald
Gewen dein Hend und werck mit gwalt
So wirstu haben one not
Den folgenden tag auch dein Brot.

Notes:

1.  This saying, which became a proverbial expression of idleness, is quoted in various ancient sources (e.g. Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride10). A bushel was a day’s ration of corn, and ‘to sit on the bushel-box’ (a container holding a bushel measure, and convenient in size for sitting on) meant to be idle and improvident, leaving tomorrow to take care of itself, since today was provided for.

2.  ‘the old sage of Samos’, i.e. Pythagoras (see Emblem 40 [A67a040]).


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EMBLEMA CLXXIII [=172] .

In facilč ą virtute desciscentes.

Easily deflected from the right course

Parva velut limax spreto Remora 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 ą studiis.[1]

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.

Das CLXXIII [=172] .

Wider die so leichtlich von der Tu-
gend abtretten.

Gleich wie die klein Con Remora
Das Schiff allein kan halten da
Ob schon der Wind und Ruder hert
Treiben, darwider es sich spert
Also ir wil hindert gar bald
Ein leichte ursach mit gewalt
Als da ist Frauwen Lieb und Zanck
Und macht der jungen Hertzen wanck
Und führt sie vom studieren weck
Daß sie nit erlangen den zweck
Die doch zuvor mit Kunst und Tugend
Andern oblagn in irer jugend.

Notes:

1.  See Emblem 35 ([A67a035]) notes, Cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.231, 253.


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