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Les sages.

PROBLEME.

Jan a deux chefz, temps passé, & suyvant
Voyant derriere, ainsi comme devant.
Pourquoy has tu quatre yeulx, double visage?
Est ce pourtant que tu fuz homme sage?

La Sapience est au chef, & Pource l’homme a deux
testes, represente le sage: qui ha memoire du passé, &
providence de l’advenir.



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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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