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Virtuti fortuna comes.

Good fortune attendant on virtue

XVIII.

Anguibus implicitis geminis caduceus[1] alis,
Inter Amalthaeae cornua[2] rectus adest.
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.

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Gluck ein geferdt der frombkeyt.

XVIII.

Der stab des Gots Mercurius
Sambt seinen schlangen, federn, huet,
Zwischen den horn des uberflu▀,
Unn▀ offenlich bedeuten thuet,
Das glert, bredte leut, vil guet
Und gelt sollen vor andern han:
Dan die hant ye den rechten muet,
Der landt und leut erhalten kan.

Notes:

1. áThis 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. áAmalthea 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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Ocni effigies, de his qui meretricibus donant, quod
in bonos usus verti debeat.[1]

A representation of Ocnus. On those who give to whores what should be turned to good

XVII.

Impiger haud cessat funem contexere sparto,
Humidaque artifici iungere fila manu.
Sed quantum multis vix torquet strenuus horis,
Protinus ignavi ventris asella vorat.
Foemina iners animal, facili congesta marito
Lucra rapit, mundum prodigit inque suum.

Ocnus never stops busily plaiting rope from broom, joining the damp fibres with skilful hand. But what he manages to spin with great effort in many hours the she-ass, a beast with greedy guts, continuously consumes. - Woman, an idle creature, grabs the accumulated savings from her complaisant husband and squanders it on her own adornment.

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Das bild des Ocnus, wider die jhe-
nen, so den huren schencken, das
wol anzulegen wer.

XVII.

Ocnus het vil arbeyt und pein
Strick zu dreyen, reichtt sich doch nicht,
Dann in kurtz fra▀ die eslin sein,
Alls daran er lang dreyt und richt.
Soelchs heut zu tag man auch noch sicht,
So ein faul, bo▀, unheu▀lich weyb
Was der man gwingt, als offt geschicht,
Verbrast, oder henckt an den leyb.

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1. áThe painting by Polygnotus depicting this scene is described in Pausanias, Periegesis 29.2. See also Propertius, Elegies 4.3.21; Erasmus, Adagia 383, Contorquet piger funiculum. Ocnus, idleness personified, was a proverbial example of wasted effort.


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