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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[b6r p27]

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 malŤ 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 verÚ, fraenum gerens, quo significare
vult non solým ŗ 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 pageLink 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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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[K1v p146]

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.For 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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