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VIRTUTI FORTUNA COMES.

Good fortune attendant on virtue

Anguibus implicitis geminisque caduceus[1] alis,
Inter Amaltheae cornua[2] rectus adest.
Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[B1v]Pollentes sic mente viros, fandique peritos,
Indicat, ut rerum copia multa beet.

The caduceus, with entwined snakes and twin wings, stands upright between the horns of Amalthea. It thus indicates how material wealth blesses men of powerful intellect, skilled in speaking.

Notes:

1.This was the herald’s staff, attribute of Mercury, god of eloquence, intellectual pursuits and financial success. The entwined serpents are a symbol of peace. See Pliny Natural History 29.12.54. The caduceus was Alciato’s personal device and was carved on his tomb at Pavia.

2.Amalthea was the she-goat that suckled the infant Jupiter. Her horn became the cornucopia, the horn of plenty. See Erasmus, Adagia 502, Copiae cornu.


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Desidiam abiiciendam.

Away with idleness.

Quisquis iners abeat, in choenice figere sedem[1]
Nos prohibent Samii[2] dogmata sancta senis.
Surge igitur, duroque manus adsuesce labori,
Det tibi dimensos crastina ut hora cibos.

Let the idle man take himself off -- the holy pronouncements of the old sage of Samos forbid us to sit tight on the bushel-box. Get up therefore, get your hands accustomed to hard work, so that tomorrow’s hour may give you your due measure of sustenance.

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Chasser paresse

Voisent au loing, gens paresseux:
Dieu na point cy noz repoz mis:
Dont Pithagoras blasme ceulx,
Qui sont sans art, & endormis:
Car contre le sens des formis,
Ne gaignent que pour ung jour vivre:
Comme qui leur auroit promis,
Que sante les doibt tousjours suyvre.

Notes:

1.This saying, which became a proverbial expression of idleness, is quoted in various ancient sources (e.g. Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride10). A bushel was a day’s ration of corn, and ‘to sit on the bushel-box’ (a container holding a bushel measure, and convenient in size for sitting on) meant to be idle and improvident, leaving tomorrow to take care of itself, since today was provided for.

2.‘the old sage of Samos’, i.e. Pythagoras ([A50a017]).


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