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Laurus.

The laurel

XXXIII.

Praescia venturi laurus fert signa salutis,
Subdita pulvillo somnia vera facit.[1]
ALIUD.
Debetur Charolo superatis laurea Poenis: [2]
Victrices ornent talia serta comas.

The laurel that can tell what is to come provides omens of prosperity. Put under the pillow it brings true dreams.
Other:.
Now that the Poeni [i.e. North Africans / Tunisians] have been defeated, Charles deserves the laurel - let wreaths of laurel adorn the victor’s locks.

Notes:

1. The laurel was sacred to Apollo, god of prophecy. The priestess of Apollo at Delphi induced a prophetic trance by chewing laurel leaves. Prophecies were sometimes written on laurel leaves. If laurel leaves crackle when thrown into the flames, happiness is portended.

2. Emperor Charles V took Tunis in North Africa in 1535. Poeni (‘Phoenicians’) was an alternate name for the people of Carthage, where Tunis was later established.


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    EMBLEMA CXCIX [=198] .

    Terminus.

    Terminus

    Quadratum infoditur firmissima tessera saxum,
    Stat cirrata super pectore imago tenus,
    Et sese nulli profitetur cedere, talis
    Terminus est,[1] homines qui scopus unus agit.
    Est immota dies, praefixaque tempora fatis
    Deque ferunt primis ultima iudicium.[2]

    A squared stone is set in the ground, an unshakable cube, and on it stands a curly-headed image, fashioned down to the chest. This declares that it yields to none. Such is Terminus, the one and only goal that governs men. There is an immovable day, times predetermined by fate, and the last times pronounce judgement on the first.

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    Das CXCIX [=198] .

    Laack. Termin .[3]

    Ein vierecketer grosser Stein
    Ein gwi fest Lack wirt graben ein
    Darauff ghauwen bi uber dbrust
    Ein Bild steht, gmacht artlich mit lust
    Und spricht, Ich niemand weichen wil
    Also ist der Termin und zil
    Welcher die Menschen allein treibt
    Und keiner vor im sicher bleibt
    Der tag und zeit von Gott bestimpt
    Unbeweglich alles hinnimpt
    Und felt vom ersten das urtheil
    Das letst so kompt hernach mit eil.

    Notes:

    1. For Terminus, the unyielding boundary stone, see Livy, 1.55. Terminus and the motto Concedo nulli (line 3) were adopted by Erasmus as his personal emblem. See Erasmus, Epistulae, 1092 (CWE Correspondence, vol. 7).

    2. See Emblem 54, note to line 11 ([A67a054]).

    3. The German in certain parts of this emblem is particularly puzzling.


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