The Little Child Protected

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 Little Child Protected

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Description: Seated before the fire, a mother orders the maid to close the front door, while she holds her carefully wrapped infant on her lap. 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 Psalm 17:8-9; Psalm 121:2-8; and Isaiah 27:2-3.

As the Mother embraces the Child,
So Virtue is protected by God.

The Mother will not at all allow,
That heat, or cold, assail her child;
Or any other kind of harm:
And if a Mother would forget,
Then God would not forsake us,
Oh Great Fortune! Where is your limit?

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

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