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Jamais ne faut dilayer.

LXXXVI.

D’Alciat la famille en son noble escu porte
Alcé,[1] lequelle dit qu’il ne faut differer:
Alcé, qu’on ne sçauroit bonnement asseurer
Si sa legereté ou sa force est plus forte.
Alexandre le Grand, enquis comme il avoit
Tant de regnes conquis, dit qu’il ne differoit
Jamais:[2] ains ce qu’un coup il avoit arresté
Estoit aussi soudain par luy executé.[3]

Commentaires.

Alciat propose icy les armoiries de sa famille, d’où
il semble qu’ils ayent pris leur nom, remarquant ta-
citement leur valeur & diligence. Alcé, beste sau-
vage, est fort comme un cheval, & viste comme un
cerf, fort semblable à une jument, si la grandeur du
col & des aureilles ny mettoit difference. Alciat il-
lustre son embleme par l’apophthegme d’Alexan-
dre
. La promptitude & diligence est une des prin-
cipales vertus d’un grand Capitaine. Alexandre
ayant fait treize stades d’arrachepied, avant que
laisser reposer son armee, bailla bataille à ses ennemis,
& les vainquit. La force & la promptitude doyvent
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q2r p243] estre ensemble en la guerre. Que si l’une manque, on
ne fait rien qui vaille.

Notes:

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

2.  See Erasmus, Adagia, 3400 (Nunc tuum ferrum in igne est, ‘Strike while the iron is hot’), where Alexander’s saying is quoted.

3.  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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    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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