After Mars in George Buchanan’s Word-Pictures comes Sol, the sun.
Icones 4 once again consists of two elegiac couplets, which I have once again rendered as three iambic pentameter/tetrameter couplets.
I give the Latin text as found in Buchanan’s 1725 Opera omnia, Tomus secundus, pars prima, 386.
Sol oculus mundi, longum mortalibus annum,
inque vicem noctes metior, atque dies.
Luminis et vitae fons, per quem fructus et usus
utilibus, pulchris gratia rebus adest.
And in English:
4. The Sun
I am the sun, the world’s eye; for men
I measure years and nights and days.
I am the source of light and life, for when
The earth is fired by my rays,
Things useful have their fruit; in my demesne
The beautiful breaks through the haze.