The Drum

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 Drum

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Description: The little child beats his drum with so much force that a man on the stoop covers his ears and a second man throws up his arms in despair. A boat with men unloading its wares and a sailboat can be seen on the canal 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 texts are Isaiah 24:3-9; Nahum 2:7; and Romans 6:12-13.

To be sure there is often much noise,
But most of it doesn’t mean a thing.

The little Child beats firmly on the Drum,
And doesn’t himself know why;
Other than to make noise and to be moving:
So rave humans in General,
And no one comes forward,
To fight against the evil.

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

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