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ASTINENZA.

ABSTINENCE.


Qui il Principe si lava ambe le mani
Per demostrar, che chi governa e regge
Conven, c’habbia i pensier candidi e sani,
Perche non vada mai zoppa la legge,
Che, com’ella s’inchina e torce un poco,
Honestà, ne ragion non ha piu loco.


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Abstinentia.

Integrity

Emblema xxxi.

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.

PRoponit cenotaphio iudicis aequissimi duo
symbola, urceum & malluvium, quibus in iure
dicundo summa integritas, & abstinentia designa-
tur à muneribus capiundis. Caeterùm manuum a-
bluendarum gestus olim fuit innocentiae aperta
quaedam demostratio [=demonstratio] : quod ex sacris & externis
auctoribus cognosci potest.

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S’abstenir de prendre presens.

D’Un cousté du tombeau est une aiguiere mise,
De l’autre[1] est un bassin: qui sert d’une devise,
Pour un juge defunct, agreable & adroit,
Qui eut nettes les mains, faisant justice & droict.

SUr le tombeau d’un tresbon juge il met
deux marques, assavoir une aiguiere, &
un lavemain ou bassin: par lesquelles est si-
gnifiee l’integrité du personnage fort gran-
de, & qu’il s’est abstenu de prendre dons &
presens. Au reste la coustume de laver les
mains fut anciennement usitee pour prote-
station d’innocence: comme il se peut veoir
par les autheurs sacrez & profanes.

Notes:

1.  Corrected from the Errata.


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