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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L3v p166]

Iusta ultio.

Just revenge

LXXIIII.

Raptabat volucres captum pede corvus in auras
Scorpion, audaci praemia parta gulae.
Ast ille infuso sensim per membra veneno,
Raptorem in stygias compulit ultor aquas.
O risu res digna, aliis qui fata parabat,
Ipse perit, propriis succubuitque dolis.[1]

A raven was carrying off into the flying winds a scorpion gripped in its talons, a prize won for its audacious gullet. But the scorpion, injecting its poison drop by drop through the raven’s limbs, despatched the predator to the waters of the Styx and so took its revenge. What a laughable thing! The one who was preparing death for others himself perishes and has succumbed to his own wiles.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4r p167]

Gerechte rhach.

LXXIIII.

Der gfraeßig Rab ein Scorpen zwackt,
Und sich mit dem inn lufft erschwang,
Der gfangen Scorp den Raben hackt,
Und thet im mit gifft so gedrang,
Das gleich der gach tod mit im rang.
Ey wol ist das ein lustig that,
Und spottens werd, nach altem gsang,
Wann untrew auff irnn hernn geradt.

Notes:

1.  This is a fairly free translation of Anthologia graeca 9.339. See Erasmus, Adagia 58, Cornix scorpium, where the Greek epigram is again translated.


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