Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 4

Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book Atalanta fugiens was first published in Latin in 1617. It was a most amazing book as it incorporated 50 emblems with a motto, an epigram and a discourse, but extended the concept of an emblem book by incorporating 50 pieces of music the 'fugues' or canons. In this sense it was an early example of multimedia.

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Atalanta Fugiens

Emblem 4

Join brother and sister, and hand them the cup with the love portion.


Epigram 4

The human race would not be so numerous now in the world,
If, not, as first wife, the sister had been given to the brother,
So join two descendants of one pair of parents with confidence,
That they may live in marriage as husband and wife,
Drink to each of them from the cup with the sweet love potion,
And their love will raise the hope of a fruit.


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