There is no inscription on the album page. Opposite the illustration in the 1607 "Emblemata", however, on page 178, are the above title (possibly Van Veen's own words) and the pertinent text: "Delicta maiorum immeritus lues / Romane, donec templa refeceris, / AE deisque labenteis Deorum, et / Foeda nigro simulacra fumo" (Thy fathers' sins, O Roman, thou, though guiltless, shall expiate, till thou dost restore the crumbling temples and shrines of the gods and their statues soiled with grimy smoke). The text is from Horace, "Odes", Book III, 6, lines 1-4.
Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Felice Stampfle ; with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. New York : The Library, 1991, p. 94, no. 197.
Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).