To the reader and spectator
I devised emblems of natural love when I was still growing up but only now, quite a few years since, I have had them printed
for the sake of a friend of mine. I gathered that they had been received most favourably in the very best circles. When Her
Highness, as I understood from reports by friends, had had a look and had asked if those emblems could easily be redirected
toward a spiritual and divine meaning, as the effects of human and divine love are almost the same towards the object of love,
I did not wish to disregard the Princess's silent wish, nor to fall short of my responsibility. To please her I decided to
produce 'Emblems of Divine Love', with the addition of a broad selection of quotations from Holy Scripture and the writings
of the Church Fathers. In addition there are poems in foreign languages (Spanish, Dutch, French) to illustrate the emblems.
Alphonsus de Ledesma, a most excellent poet, made the Castilian collection, M. Carolus Hattronius, licensed in sacred and
secular law and advisor to the Duke of Aarschot, collected the French. The vernacular poetry sprang up in spring, as it were,
at our home.
Therefore, reader, may you generously receive and take a look at these emblems that are humbly dedicated to Her Highness,
who took the initiative for, and stimulated this undertaking. Fare well, and expect others from our hand in due time.