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PRINCEPS SUBDITORUM IN-
columitatem procurans.

The Prince caring for the safety of his subjects

Titan[1] quoties conturbant aequora fratres,
Tum miseros nautas anchora iacta iuvat.
Hanc pius erga homines Delphin[2] complectitur imis,
Tutius ut possit figier illa vadis.
Quam decet haec memores gestare insignia reges,
Anchora quod nautis, se populo esse suo.

Whenever the brothers of Titan race churn up the seas, then the dropped anchor aids the wretched sailors. The dolphin that cares for man wraps itself round the anchor so that it may grip more securely at the bottom of the sea. - How appropriate it is for kings to bear this symbol, mindful that what the anchor is to sailors, they are to their people.

Notes:

1. ‘The brothers of Titan race’, i.e. the winds: Aurora, daughter of the Titan Hyperion, was the mother of the West, North and South winds. See Hesiod, Theogony 378-80.

2. The dolphin was supposed to guide the anchor to a good resting place. It was always friendly to man ([A34a011]). In general, see Erasmus, Adagia 1001, Festina lente.


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Ex arduis perpetuum nomen.

Lasting renown won through tribulation

XXIII.

Crediderat platani ramis sua pignora passer,
Et bene, ni saevo visa dracone forent.
Glutiit hic pullos omnes, miseramque parentem
Saxeus, & tali dignus obire nece.
Haec, nisi mentitur Calchas, monumenta laboris
Sunt longi, cuius fama perennis erat.[1]

A sparrow had entrusted her young to the branches of a plane-tree, and all would have been well, if they had not been observed by a merciless snake. This creature devoured all the chicks and the hapless parent too, a stony-hearted beast, turned to stone as it deserved. Unless Calchas speaks falsely, these are the tokens of long toil, the fame of which lasted through all the years.

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Ewig ehr, au schwaren thaten.

XXIII.

Ein werck das sol vil jar bestan
In lob und ehr vor aller welt,
Das wil vil zeyt und arbeyt han,
Wie Calchas seinen Griechen meldt,
Sy muesten zehen jar zu veld
Vor Troia ligenn, e es in gluckt:
Dem zu prob er ein Drachen stelt,
Der einn spatz und neun junge schluckt.

Notes:

1. See Homer, Iliad 2.299ff. for this portent which occurred at Aulis, where the Greek fleet was waiting to sail for Troy. Calchas the seer interpreted the eating of the eight chicks and their mother, followed by the death of the snake, as foretelling the nine-year battle for Troy, followed by success.


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