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Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse
ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

EMBLEMA CXX.

Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas:
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus.
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per arces,
Me nisi paupertas invida deprimeret.

My right hand holds a rock, the other bears wings. As the feathers lift me, so the heavy weight drags me down. By my mental gifts I could have flown through the heights of heaven, if malign poverty did not hold me back.

Notes:

1. áFor the sentiment cf. Juvenal, Satires 3.164-5: ‘it is hard for people to rise when straitened circumstances stand in the way of their natural abilities.’


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EMBLEMA LXV.

Virtuti Fortuna comes.

Good fortune attendant on virtue

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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Das LXV.

Das GlŘck ist der Tugent gefert.

Der frieden Stab Mercurii
Mit zweyen FlŘgeln steht auffrecht hie
Zwo Schlangen gewickelt darumb
Zwischen den horn Amalthee krumb
Also auch die klugen Mann wei▀
Und so haben mit Kunst den prei▀
Werden begabt mit Reichthumb vil
Di▀ Bildnu▀ uns solchs deuten wil.

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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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