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Ἀνέχου καὶ ἀπέχου.[1]

Hold on and hold off

EMBLEMA XXXIIII.

Et toleranda homini tristis fortuna ferendo est,
Et nimium felix saepè timenda fuit.
Sustine (Epictetus dicebat) & abstine. oportet
Multa pati illicitis absque tenere manus.
Sic ducis imperium vinctus fert poplite taurus
In dextro: sic se continet à gravidis.

A man must bear unhappy chance by seeing it through, but too happy a lot has often proved fearful as well. Hold on, Epictetus used to say, and also, Hold off. One must endure many things and also keep one’s hands away from what is not allowed. Even so the bull submits to the herdsman’s will, chained at the right knee, and so keeps away from the pregnant cows.

Notes:

1.  Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 17.19.5-6.


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EMBLEMA XI.

Abstinentia.

Integrity

Marmoreae in tumulis, una stat parte columnae
Urceus, ex alia cernere malluvium est
Ius haec forma monet dictum sine sordibus esse
Defunctum puras atque habuisse manus.

On a tomb, at one side of the marble pillar, stands a water-jug, at the other you can see a basin. This design tells us that justice was pronounced without corruption, and that the deceased kept his hands clean.

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Das XI.

Abbruch.

Ein Krug gemacht auß Marmelstein
Steht wie ein Seul auff dem Eck ein
Deß Steinern Tisch, auffm andern Eck
Aber findstu ston ein Handbeck
Diß bild ermannt das gschriben Recht
Sol rein seyn und on wandel schlecht
Und deß Richters Hend sollen seyn
Von allen miet und gaben rein.


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