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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [B3r p21]

Amitié durant apres la mort.[1]

XII.

Au temps que jeune estoit la Vigne,
Soustenue elle fut de l’Orme
(Qui d’estre aimé se rend bien digne)[2]
A quoy la Vigne fut conforme:
Car au temps qu’il devint difforme,
Voire mort, la Vigne l'embrasse:
Cherchez donc ami de tell’ forme,
Dont l’amour par mort ne s’efface.

commentaires.

Un sep de vigne s’estandant, environna avec ces
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [B3v p22] feuilles & sa rame un vieil orme, qui n’en pouvoit
quasi plus. L’orme luy aida à s’appuyer & la suppor-
ta en son aage tendre: dont la vigne ne se monstra
pas ingrate: car l’orme venant à se mourir & seicher
entierement, la vigne ne l’abondonna pas pourtant,
ains l’orna & embellit avec sa rame, ses feuilles, &
son fruict. Acquerons nous de tels amis, qui conti-
nuent leur amitié, voire jusques apres la mort.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus’ famous variations on this theme in De copia (CWE 24. pp. 354-64).

2.  In ancient Italy young vines were often supported by elm trees. See Vergil, Georgics 1.2.


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ILLICITUM NON SPERANDUM.

Do not hope for what is not allowed

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Spes simul & Nemesis nostris altaribus adsunt,
Scilicet ut speres, non nisi quòd liceat.[1]

Hope and Retribution stand together beside the altar I have built, to ensure that you hope only for that which is allowed.

Notes:

1.  This woodcut is also used for In simulachrum spei [A31a078].


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