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Terminus.

Terminus

Emblema clvii.

Quadratum infoditur firmissima tessera saxum,
Stat cirrhata super pectore imago tenus,
Et sese nulli profitetur cedere, talis
Terminus est,[1] homines qui scopus unus agit.
Est immota dies, praefixáque tempora fatis,
Deque ferunt primis ultima iudicium.[2]

A squared stone is set in the ground, an unshakable cube, and on it stands a curly-headed image, fashioned down to the chest. This declares that it yields to none. Such is Terminus, the one and only goal that governs men. There is an immovable day, times predetermined by fate, and the last times pronounce judgement on the first.

HAec Termini pictura nihil ulli concedentis, mortem
significat, quae inevitabilem habet in res omnes,
nedum homines necessitatem: ad quam cùm perveni-
mus, tum solent hominum qui sunt superstites, libe-
rae de nobis mortuis esse opiniones atque iudicia.

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Le Terme.

UN fort perron assis sur un base quarré,
Un pourtraict au dessus d’homme bien asseuré,
Qui fait profession ne ceder à personne,
C’est le Terme, à chacun qui son vray but ordonne.
Le jour de nostre fin prefix vient à son poinct,
Est establi de Dieu, & ne se change point,
Et de tout nostre cours les actions dernieres
Laissent un jugement bien souvent des premieres.

LA peinture de Terme, qui ne cedoit à
nul du monde, signifie la mort, laquel-
le necessairement agit sur toutes creatures,
non seulement sur les hommes: à laquelle
quand nous sommes venus, alors ceux qui
survivent, disent & jugent en toute liberté de
nos actions passees.

Notes:

1.  For Terminus, the unyielding boundary stone, see Livy, 1.55. Terminus and the motto Concedo nulli (line 3) were adopted by Erasmus as his personal emblem. See Erasmus, Epistulae, 1092 (CWE Correspondence, vol. 7).

2.  See Emblem 186, note to line 11 ([FALc186]).


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