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Dulcia cum amaris.

Sweet things with bitter.

Est vetus, & cunctis iactata paroemia vulgÚ,
In damnis aliquid semper inesse boni.
Id quoque testatur series aeterna globorum,
Binos namque malos qui moderetur adest.
Hanc quoque temperiem suavissima Musica servat,
Lenior ut voces condiat una graves.
Ordo Planetarum quibus est, & cognita virtus,
Haec norunt, praesens atque figura monet.

There is an old proverb, bandied about by everyone, that there is something good in every bad thing. To this the eternal series of celestial orbs testifies also, for one good star is there to temper every two evil ones. Sweet music, too, preserves this tempering, so that one higher voice should season the deeper ones. The order of planets, and their known powers: these things are known, and conveyed by the present diagram.

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Annis triginta Saturnus conficit Orbem.
Iuppiter assequitur bissenis, Marsque duobus.
Sol uno, tercentis quadraginta diebus
Mercurius, Cytheraea novem cupit addier istis.
At vaga signiferum Luna omni mense pererrat.[1]

Saturn completes his circle in thirty years. Jupiter follows in twice six, and Mars in two. The Sun takes one year, and Mercury 340 days, while Venus desires to add nine days to these. But the wandering moon among the stars journeys round once in every month.


1.Note that this chart is geocentric. The symbols from inside to outside are Moon, Venus, Mercury, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

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