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Da capo quel, ch’apportiene

About the same again, and what it signifies.


Duo volti ha Giano, onde discerne e vede
Tutte le cose, o sian di dietro o inanzi.
Cio dinota il prudente, a cui richiede
Volger la mente ovunque vada o stanzi,
Cosi al passato, che giamai non riede,
Come à quellò, ch’oprar vuol per inanzi.
Questa è vera dottrina, di cui senza
Vivendo, vive l’huom senza prudenza.



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Prudentes.

The Wise.

Iane bifrons, qui iam transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & ante vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an quòd
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

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1.  quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.



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