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EMBLEMA XXIX.

Non vulganda consilia.

Keep counsels secret.

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Limine quod caeco obscura & caligine monstrum[1],
Gnosiacis clausit Daedalus in latebris.
Depictum Romana phalanx in praelia & gestat,
Semiviroque nitent signa superba[2] bove.
Nosque monent[3] debere ducum secreta[4] latere
Consilia, Autori cognita techna nocet.

The monster that Daedalus imprisoned in its Cretan lair, with hidden entrance and obscuring darkness, the Roman phalanx carries painted into battle; the proud standards flash with the half-man bull. These remind us that the secret plans of leaders must stay hid. A ruse once known brings harm to its author.

Das XXIX.

Geheime Räht sol man nit offenbaren.

Den Minotaur so oben zu
Ein Mann ward gstalt unden ein Ku
Dem der kunstreich Mann Daedalus
Ein irrig, finster, seltzam Huß
Machet in der Insel Creta
Den fürten in dem Fanen da
Die Römer so sie wider dFeind
In den Krieg außgezogen seind
Damit anzeigen der Hauptleut Räht
Solln heimlich und verborgn seyn stät
Dann sie dem offt selbs schaden bringn
Davons kommen dahers entspringn.

Notes:

1.  ‘The monster that Daedalus imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

2.  According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

3.  Corrected from the errata.

4.  Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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