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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I6v p140]

Neglecta virescunt.

Neglect makes things prosper.

Ad Hadrianum Iunium, medicum clarissimum.[1]

For the illustrious doctor, Hadrianus Junius.

Ut scandit muros hedera, & latè petit altum,
Sit neglecta licet, nulla manusque colat:
Sic multos videas odium quos pressit iniquè,
Virtutem in primo constituisse gradu.
Tandem sponte virent, alit & prudentia dignos,
Ut serpens hederam non sinit, inque habitat.
Ingenii semper florebis laude per orbem,
Sis licet Harlemi, tuque latêre velis.
Largius effundet subitò se gratia Regum:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I7r p141]Οὐκ εἰρῶνα volet plena fovere manus.
Invida quid cogis pia pectora ferre voluntas?
Num reficis pulsa tu probitate sitim?
Nónne magis crucias te ipsam dum rebus opimis
Macrior alterius fis, necat esuries?
Obscurum haec eadem momum,[2] clathrisque remotum,
Te sequitur simul zoile[3] poena gravis.[4]

As ivy climbs walls and spreads itself wide toward the sky if only it is left to itself and cultivated by no hand, so you should see that many who undeservingly suffer the hatred of others have taken the first step towards virtue. Finally, they flourish spontaneously, and prudence nourishes the deserving, as the serpent does not tolerate and live in the ivy. You will be famous for your talents the world over, even though you choose to hide yourself in Haarlem. The gratitude of kings will pour forth more abundantly; the full hand will not wish to support a hypocrite . Why, O human will, do you force pious breasts to bear envy? Do you slake your thirst, having thrown decency to the winds? Do you not rather torture yourself, while you grow thinner than the other man, and hunger throttles you? This very thing pursues you, Zoilus, a grim punishment, and obscure Momus, freed from his barred cell.


1.  Hadrianus Junius (Adriaan De Jonghe), from Hoorn (sometimes called himself Hornanus), doctor and historian of the Estates of Holland (d. 1575). See his Emblemata (1565), and Les emblesmes (1567).

2.  Momus: god of satire, blame and insults, son of Night, exiled from Olympus for his constant criticisms.

3.  Zoilus: an Alexandrian scholar and critic known as “the Scourge of Homer” for his violent attacks on the poet. See the use of his name proverbially in this dedicatee’s own emblem, ‘Candor ingenuus’ ([FJUb055]).

4.  Cf. emblem 1 in Junius, 1565 ([FJUb001]).

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