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PRUDENTES.

The Wise.

Emblema. 18.

Iane bifrons, qui iam transacta, futuraque calles,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I4v f68v]Quique retro sannas, sicut & ante vides:[1]
Tot te cur oculis, cur fingunt vultibus? an quod
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 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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