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Se haster bellement.

LII.

Il faut courir tout bellement,
Et soy à grand loisir haster:
Trop tost n’est pas faict sagement,
Trop tard se doit precipiter.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E6v p76] Le traict donc qu’on sçait tost jecter,
Et remore à course envieuse,[1]
Ensemble a lon sceu rapporter,
Pour monstrer diligence oiseusve.

commentaires.

On dit en commun proverbe, qu’il se faut bien ha-
ster & diligenter, mais peu à peu, & considerément:
ce qu’on dit en deux mots, Haste toy lentement: de
peur qu’une trop grande haste, peu consideree & pre-
meditee, ou un grand retardement, ne nous tournent
à dommage grandissime. Il faut en toutes choses suy-
vre la mediocrité. Cecy est merveilleusement bien re-
presenté en ceste figure, où la remore, ou echeneis, en-
vironne un dard. Y a-il rien de plus viste qu’un dard,
ou de plus tardif que la remore? de laquelle nous a-
vons parlé cy dessus au quaranteneufieme embleme.
Il faut donc prendre le milieu.

Notes:

1.  The remora was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [FALd049].


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MATURANDUM.

All in good time

Emblema. 20.

Maturare iubent properè, & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum aecheneide[1] telum:
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

Notes:

1.  ‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A15a081].


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