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The interpretation of the emblem also focuses on this image, which is, however, invisible in
the pictura.The religious interpretation appears to equate the sand with reprehensible persons who
attend religious services for dishonest motives and yet are converted against their will (ill. 7).
Mancher ruchloser Mensch geht zwar fleißig in die Kirche / aber wohl nie sich aus
GOttes Wort zu bessern; sondern in gantz anderer fleischlichen Absicht. Gleichwohl
geschieht es auch / daß er wieder seinen Willen und Vorsatz gebessert / und der
Ruchlosigkeit mehr und mehr zuwider wird.
[Many a reprehensible person attends church regularly, but probably with no intention of
bettering himself through God's word, rather with a completely different carnal motiva-
tion. Nevertheless it might happen, that he may be improved against his will and inten-
tion, and that dastardly behavior become more and more repellent to him.]
The moral interpretation may - I myself am not sure on this point - even elevate the creek to
the central position:
Grosse Gemüther lassen sich in ihrem Tugend=Lauffe nicht hindern; Sondern zerstreuen
ihre erdultende Verleumdungen durch richtige Unschuld und Sanfftmuth.
[Persons of great character do not allow themselves to be hindered in their quest for
virtue, instead they dissipate the slander they have suffered with true innocence and
The anglers and the trees are dispensable to the emblematic interpretation and seem to serve
instead to provide an illustrative context for the main emblematic motif. If the description of the
Illustration 7: Laurentius Wolfgang Woyt, Emblematischer
Parnassus. Part 3,"Applicatio Moralis," Augsburg: J.
Wolff, 1730, p. 3 (ZIKG: SB 327/6 R).
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