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EMBLEMA XXVII.

Ludicra ridemus fabricantes tecta puellos,
Seu stipulis fartum si me meditantur opus:
Quid melius plerique agitis, vanissima vitae
Quos huius miseros noxia cura premit?[1]

We laugh at boys making bricks for fun or if they design a building stuffed with straw. In what way do many of you act any better, you poor wretches whom pernicious and most vain worry about this life oppresses?

Notes:

1. áA reference to the parable of those who build their house not on sand but on rock, signifying those who hear Christ’s word (Matthew 7:24-29). See also Montenay, emblem I ([FMOa001]).



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  • (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; FragilitÓ humana, FugacitÓ delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, VanitÓ (Ripa) [11R5] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Inutility, Noxiousness; 'Nocumento', 'Nocumento d'ogni cosa' (Ripa) [54BB3] Search | Browse Iconclass

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