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Nec verbo nec facto quenquam
laedendum.

Injure no-one, either by word or deed.

XIII.

Assequitur, Nemesisque virum vestigia servat,
Continet & cubitum, duraque fraena manu.
Ne malè quid facias, neve improba verba loquaris:
Et iubet in cunctis rebus adesse modum.[1]

Nemesis follows on and marks the tracks of men. In her hand she holds a measuring rod and harsh bridles. She bids you do nothing wrong, speak no wicked word, and commands that moderation be present in all things.

COMMENTARIA.

Nemesis Dea indignationis fingitur, ultrix
malitiae & superbiae. Idcirco virum undi-
que sequitur, altera manu cubitum reprimens,
altera verò, fraenum gerens, quo significare
vult non solùm à malefactis manuum absti-
nendum, ne proximus laedatur, verumetiam
linguam refraenandam esse, ut denique in o-
mnibus hominum factis dictisque aequus ob-
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [b6v p28]servetur modus. De Nemesis imagine nomi-
nibus, & potestate scribit Crinitus lib. 19. cap. 6
de honesta disciplina.

Notes:

1.  This epigram is based on Anthologia graeca 16.223-4.


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Virtuti fortuna comes.

Good fortune attendant on virtue

EMBLEMA CXVIII.

Anguibus implicitis, geminis caduceus[1] alis
Inter Amaltheae 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.

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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