The Military Officer

Book Title: Spiegel van het menselyk bedryf : vertoonende honderd verscheiden ambachten, konstig afgebeeld en met godlyke spreuken en stichtelyke verzen verryke / door Jan en Kasper Luiken

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: The Military Officer

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Description: The military officer standing under a tree gives instructions to a soldier; in the background are two men riding on horseback and a burning city. The Dutch artist and poet Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing this emblem and for creating the motto and poem that follow. Jan Luiken and/or his son Casper Luiken (1672-1708) were responsible for its etching. The attendant scripture text is Ephesians 6:11-17.

Endurance and suffering,
Is Christian fighting.

He who likes to fight, should go neither East nor West,
But remain only in his own nest;
That is being besieged until damnation,
The enemy, who is closest,
Is thoughtlessly passed by;
But whoever defeats him, will be praised.

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

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