The Pinwheel

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 Pinwheel

Scripture Reference:

Description: The child runs with her toy pinwheel held high, as two women look on and comment. The scene is set outside the city walls, next to a lake with sailing boats and people fishing. 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 Isa 57:15; Matt 5:10-12; and 2 Cor 4:8-11, 8:2.


Motto:
The things that are against us,
Make the calm life move.

Poem:
When the young Child,
Wants her pinwheel to spin,
She runs merrily against the wind,
And lets her little cheeks turn red:
O Head wind, and opposing current,
Thou makest the Old children pious.

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