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Scilicet incudem insanit qui frangere duri
Conetur ictu mallei.[1]
Et non insanit Christo qui perdere sacra
Se posse speret agmina?

It is manifest that he is out of his mind who tried to break an anvil with a blow from a hard hammer. Is not he out of his mind who hopes to be able to lose to Christ the holy band/multitude?


1. For Bze’s use of the anvil as ‘Truth’, see Alison Adams, Webs of Allusion. French Protestant Emblem Books of the Sixteenth Century (Geneva, 2003), pp. 129-130.

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