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Armes & devise des Alciatz.

Jamais ne fault remettre, ou
differer au l’endemain.

Des Alciatz les armes porte Alcé,[1]
Et tel devis es ongles, rien laisse
Ce respondit Alexandre, enquesté
Comme si tost, tant avoit conquesté?
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [B2v p20] Jamais (dict il) ne voulant prolonger
Ce que demonstre Alce fort, & legier.

Alce est ung Septentrional demy Cerf, &
Cheval, de force & legiereté merveilleuse,
expediant ses courses sans retarder, d’ond à
peine peut estre jamais prins, du nom duquel
(signifiant en Grec force, & diligence,) est
deduict le nom de alciat. Et de sa natu
re, la divise, respondue par Alexadre [=Alexandre] . Laquel
le ne peut estre rendue bien à propos en Fran
cois
, comme elle est en Grec. Mais en som-
me elle donne à entendre, que les grandes oeu-
vres sont faictes, & les grandes choses acqui-
ses, par effort, & cours continuel au travail,
tant du corps que de l’esprit.

Ces trois Emblemes, à cause du Prince, du
Pays, & du surnom de L’autheur, ont> este
premis comme vestibule, Porche ou Portal [=portal]
de tout l’oeuvre. Dans lequel maintenant
on entre par la chose au monde souverai-
ne qui est
dieu, ou religion.

Notes:

1.  An elk, representing the family name, is carved on Alciato’s tomb in Pavia.


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NUNQAM PROCRASTI-
Nandum.

Never procrastinate.

Emblema. 3.

Alciatae gentis insignia sustinet Alce,[1]
Unguibus & medem fert anaballomenos.
Constat Alexandrum sic respondisse roganti,
Qui tot obivisse [=obivisset] tempore gesta brevi.
Nunquam, inquit, differre volens,[2] quod & indicat Alce:
Fortior haec, dubites,[3] oeyor [=ocyor] anne siet.[4]

An elk bears the insignia of the family Alciato - between its hooves it carries (the motto) “Postponing nothing”. Alexander, as is well known, thus answered one who asked him how he had performed so many exploits in a short time: “By never wanting”, he said, “to postpone”. ‘Elk’ in fact indicates this - you may well ask whether it is strong or fast.

Notes:

1.  An elk, representing the family name, is carved on Alciato’s tomb in Pavia.

2.  nunquam...differre volens, ‘By never wanting...to postpone’. The Latin words translate Alexander’s Greek motto ἀναβαλλόμενος, quoted in line 2. See Erasmus, Adagia, 3400 (Nunc tuum ferrum in igne est, ‘Strike while the iron is hot’), where Alexander’s saying is quoted.

3.  Corrected on the basis of Betty Knott’s edition.

4.  Alce, ‘Elk’. The Greek word ἀλκή means not only ‘elk’ but ‘strength’. The animal ‘elk’ was famed for its speed: see Pliny, Natural History, 8.16.39.


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