The Walker

Book Title: Des menschen begin, midden en einde : vertoonende het kinderlyk bedryf en aanwasch in eenenvyftig konstige figuuren, met goddelyke spreuken en stichtelyke verzen / door Joannes Luiken ; met het leven van den autheur

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: The Walker

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Description: Inside the house the mother, with embroidery on her lap, and the father, standing next to her, watch their toddler practice walking with the use of his walker. A maid sweeps the floor in front of the open door through which a garden and gardener are visible. The Dutch artist and poet Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing and etching this emblem and for the brief poem that accompanies it (below). The attendant Scripture texts are Psalms 25:8-10 and 119:25-32.

When weakness requires leaning,
God gives his support.

Thus the little child must learn to walk,
As on his little feet he cannot stand:
In this way the Lord also supports us:
So that we, as a weak being,
Should not fall into Hell,
But learn the way to Heaven.

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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