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Prudentes.

The Wise.

VIII.

Iane bifrons, qui transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & antè 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?

Notes:

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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    Andreae Alciati Em-
    blematum liber
    secundus.

    In divites publico malo.

    Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

    I.

    Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
    Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
    Cassus erit, ludetque operam. multum excitet ergo
    Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
    Dives erit. sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
    Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

    If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).



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