41, 2.The reference is to St. Augustine's Epistles, cxxxvii.
42, 1.if we speak according to human notions, "si per anthropospatos (codd. άνθρωποπάθειαν) sermo fiat."
42, 3.putting their hope, cp. 2 Cor. iii. 125 x. 15.
42, 4.the raven, cp. Luke xii. 24, 27.
42, 13.reliance, "innisum," cp. Prov. iii. 5; the passage is corrupt in the MSS. and previous editions.
42, 20.with summer fruit, cp. Amos viii. 1.
43, 13.against the law, cp. Deut. xxii. 10.
43, 16.the oxen were ploughing, cp. Job i. 14.
43, 21.the heap of Mercury; Mercury was the patron of merchants; "acervus Mercurii" (the heap of Mercury) was used for counters; the phrase here seems to mean "merely worthless counters."
43, 23.blind watchman, cp. Isa. Ivi. 10.
44, 24.he beats the air, cp. i Cor. ix. 26.
45, 19.with the cunning steward, cp. Luke xvi. 3, 8.
46, 2.scatter the nations that delight in war, cp. Ps. lxviii. 30.
46, 8.Apollo becomes the Python's prey; in reference to the fight of Apollo and Python, the serpent produced from the mud left on the earth after the deluge of Deucalion; it lived in the caves of Mount Parnassus, but was slain by Apollo, who founded the Pythian games in commemoration of his victory.
46, 8.et tunc Phronesis pia mater in phrenesis redigitur potestatem, "Phronesis," i.e. practical wisdom, prudence, "the virtue concerned in the government of men," is personified in Martianus Capella, De Nuptiis Philologiæ et Mercurii, as the mother of philology.
47, 2.master of the master of the world; Aristotle was the tutor and adviser of Alexander the Great.