'Loyalty. The cranes in order that their king may not perish by their keeping bad guard stand round him at flight holding stones in their feet. Love, fear and reverence — write these upon the three stones of the crane!
A man on seeing a large sword at another man's side said to him: — 'Oh you poor fellow! I have been watching you now for a long time tied to this weapon. Why don't you release yourself since your hands are free, and thus regain your liberty?' To this the other made answer: — 'This is not your affair, and in any case it is an old state of things.' The first feeling himself insulted said: — 'I look on you as having a knowledge of so few matters in this world that I supposed that any- thing I could tell you would rank as new.' c.a. 13 r. d
Where fortune enters there envy lays siege and strives against it,
and when this departs it leaves anguish and remorse behind.
When fortune comes seize her with a firm hand. In front, I counsel
you, for behind she is bald. c.a. 76 v. a
A SIMILE OF PATIENCE
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against
cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases it will have
no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience
when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to
vex your mind. c.a. 117 v. b
The spider, thinking to find repose within the keyhole, finds death.
c.a. 299 v. b
A simile. A vessel of unbaked clay when broken may be remoulded,
but not one that has passed through the fire. Tr. 68 a
Fame should be represented in the shape of a bird, but with the
whole figure covered with tongues instead of feathers. b 3 v.
By the cloth that is held by the hand in the current of a' running
stream, in the water of which it leaves all its impurities, is meant
that . . .
By the thorn upon which are grafted good fruits is meant that which
is not of itself predisposed to virtue, yet by the help of an instructor
produces the most useful virtues.
One pushes down another: by these cubes 1 are represented the life
and conditions of mankind. g 89 r.
Envy wounds by base calumnies, that is by slander, at which virtue
is filled with dismay. h 60  v.
Good Report soars and rises up to heaven, for virtuous things find
favour with God. Evil Report should be shown inverted, for all her
works are contrary to God and tend towards hell. h6i  r.
The goldfinch will carry spurge to its little ones imprisoned in a
cage: death rather than loss of liberty. h 63  v.
[For an allegorical representation]
II Moro with the spectacles and Envy represented with lying Slander,
and Justice black for II Moro.
Labour with the vine in her hand. h 88  v.
The ermine with mud.
Galeazzo between time of tranquillity and flight of fortune.
The ostrich which with patience produces its young.
. Bars of gold are refined in the fire. h 98 [44 bis v.] r.
Magnanimity. The falcon only takes the large birds, and will die
rather than eat flesh that has become tainted.
Constancy. Not he who begins but he who endures.
h 101 [42 v.] r.
Loyalty. The cranes in order that their king may not perish by their
keeping bad guard stand round him at night holding stones in their
1 MS. has a diagram with dice.
feet. Love, fear and reverence — write these upon the three stones of
the cranes. 11 118 [25 v.] r.
The bee may be likened to deceit, for it has honey in its mouth and
poison behind. 1 49  v.
[For an allegorical representation]
II Moro as the figure of Fortune, with hair and robes and with hands
held in front, and Messer Gualtieri with act of obeisance plucks him by
the robes from below as he presents himself before him.
Also Poverty as a hideous figure running behind a youth, whom II
Moro covers with the skirt of his robe while he threatens the monster
with his gilded sceptre. 1 138  v.
The evil that does not harm me is as the good that does not help me.
The rushes which hold back the tiny blades of straw when they are
drowning. m 4 r.
[With drawing of faggot]
To place in the hand of ingratitude:
Wood feeds the fire that consumes it. ms. 2038 Bib. Nat. 34 r.
[With drawing of man blowing out candle]
When the sun appears which drives away the general darkness, you
extinguish the light that drives away the particular darkness, for your
necessity and convenience. b.m. 173 r.
Ivy is the [emblem] of longevity. Windsor: Drawings 12282 v.
Truth the sun
falsehood a mask
Fire destroys falsehood, that is sophistry, and restores truth, driving
Fire is to be put for the destroyer of every sophistry and the revealer
and demonstrator of truth, because it is light, the banisher of darkness
which is the concealer of all essential things.
Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone,
that is gold.
Truth in the end cannot be concealed.
Dissimulation profits nothing. Dissimulation is frustrated before so
great a judge.
Falsehood assumes a mask.
Nothing is hidden beneath the sun.
Fire is put for truth because it destroys all sophistry and lies, and the
mask for falsity and lying by which the truth is concealed.
Windsor: Drawings 12700 v.
[Sketch. Figures seated on clouds. Rain. Ground below strewn with
On this side Adam and on that Eve.
Oh human misery! of how many things do you make yourself the
slave for money! Windsor: Drawings 12698 r.
This Envy is represented making a contemptuous motion towards
heaven, because if she could she would use her strength against God.
She is made with a mask upon her face of fair appearance. She is
made wounded in the eye by palm and olive. She is made wounded
in the ear by laurel and myrtle, to signify that victory and truth offend
her. She is made with many lightnings issuing forth from her, to
denote her evil speaking. She is made lean and wizened because she
is ever wasting in perpetual desire. She is made with a fiery serpent
gnawing at her heart. She is given a quiver with tongues for arrows,
because with the tongue she often offends; and she is made with a
leopard's skin, since the leopard from envy slays the lion by guile. She
is given a vase in her hand full of flowers, and beneath these filled
with scorpions and toads and other venomous things. She is made
riding upon death, because envy never dying has lordship over him;
and death is made with a bridle in his mouth and laden with various
weapons, since these are all the instruments of death.
In the moment when virtue is born she gives birth to envy against
herself, and a body shall sooner exist without a shadow than virtue
without envy. Oxford Drawings, Part ii. No. 6
Pleasure and Pain are represented as twins, as though they were
joined together, for there is never the one without the other; and they
turn their hacks because they are contrary to each other.
If you shall choose pleasure, know that he has behind him one who
will deal out to you tribulation and repentance.
This is pleasure together with pain, and they are represented as twins
because the one is never separated from the other.
They are made with their backs turned to each other because they
are contrary the one to the other. They are made growing out of the
same trunk because they have one and the same foundation, for the
foundation of pleasure is labour with pain, and the foundations of pain
are vain 1 and lascivious pleasures.
And accordingly it is represented here with a reed in the right hand,
which is useless and without strength, and the wounds made with it
are poisoned. In Tuscany reeds are put to support beds, to signify that
here occur vain dreams, and here is consumed a great part of life: here
is squandered much useful time, namely that of the morning when the
mind is composed and refreshed, and the body therefore is fitted to
resume new labours. There also are taken many vain pleasures, both
with the mind imagining impossible things, and with the body taking
those pleasures which are often the cause of the failing of life; so that
for this the reed is held as representing such foundations.
Oxford Drawings, Part ii. No. 7
1 MS., van) not varj.