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EMBLEMA XII.

Ceu rutilis idem qui dissilit ignibus aether,
Foecundas gravido pectore fundit aquas,
Vita fide six Christus erit tibi viva receptus,
Spretus at hic idem mors tibi Christus erit.

Just as the same heavens which burst out with red fire, pour out life-giving waters from their laden heart, so Christ received in faith will be living life to you, but this same Christ, if spurned, will be death to you.

Notes:

1.  On a similar theme, see Erasmus, Adagia 1.8.65, ‘Nunc pluit, & claro nunc Iuppiter aethere fulgit’ (One moment it is raining, the next Jupiter is shining from a clear sky).



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