The Little Flute

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 Flute

Scripture Reference:

Description: A child blows her little flute so loud that one of three women nearby covers her ear with her hand. A man walks his dog in the background of this city scene. 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 references are to Proverbs 14:13 and Isaiah 5:7-14.

Many mouths make such a sound,
As that of the ubiquitous Flute.

The flute-playing by the child,
Only aggravates the Ear;
Like wild notes, without a tune:
So also the Old one’s vain joy,
Is only sorrow in the ear of Virtue,
The true Wise and grey Old one.

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

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