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Laura Gibbs

Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, by George Wither

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I was delighted to find out A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, by George Wither is available at Project Gutenberg.

I am a huge fan of the emblem tradition which uses all kinds of mythological and natural symbols, along with proverbs and anecdotes. Wither is working here with Rollenhagen's Latin emblems which he is expressing in English verse. So, for example, here is Rerum Sapientia Custos, "Wisdom is the Keeper of Things," which Wither renders thus: By Wisedome, things which passe away, / Are best preserved from decay.

If you are a student of Latin, you can read the Latin version here.