The Little Child Goes to School

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 Goes to School

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Description: As a couple of neighbors look on, a mother sends her unhappy child, tablet hanging from his arm, toward the school across the street. 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 Ps 90:15-17; Pvb 2:1-9; and 3:11-12.

The Taming of the wild brain,
Grants the Mind great gain.

The little Child must go to School,
So he already bears his little cross,
Because he should gain wisdom:
But as he grows up in Father’s house,
Then a greater cross will also push him,
To true Wisdom before the Lord.

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

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