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

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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.

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

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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