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Ocni effigies, de his qui meretricibus
donant, quod in bonos usus
verti debeat.[1][2]

A representation of Ocnus. On those who give to whores what should be turned to good

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Impiger haud cessat funem contexere sparto,
Humidaque artifici iungere fila manu.
Sed quantum multis vix torquet strenuus horis,
Protinus ignavi ventris asella vorat.
Foemina iners animal, facili congesta marito
Lucra rapit, mundum prodigit inque suum.

Ocnus never stops busily plaiting rope from broom, joining the damp fibres with skilful hand. But what he manages to spin with great effort in many hours the she-ass, a beast with greedy guts, continuously consumes. - Woman, an idle creature, grabs the accumulated savings from her complaisant husband and squanders it on her own adornment.

Das XCV.

Ocni Bildnuß, bedeut dise, die das ir schö-
nen Weibern anhengen, daß sie sonst zu
ehren und notturfft brauchen

On underlaß auß zehem Bast
Macht ein starck Seyl on allen rast
Drehets zusammen also gleich
Verhoffet dardurch werden reich
Was er also in langer weil
Zusammen drehet mit grosser eil
Dasselb verzert das langsam Thier
Der faule Esel ongefür
Also ein faul Weib wirt bald an
Was teglich gwinnen thut der Mann
Mit irem gantz unnützen brauch
Damit sie wil seyn gsehen auch.


1.  The painting by Polygnotus depicting this scene is described in Pausanias, Periegesis 29.2. See also Propertius, Elegies 4.3.21; Erasmus, Adagia 383, Contorquet piger funiculum. Ocnus, idleness personified, was a proverbial example of wasted effort.

2.  Surprisingly, the right-hand ropemaker here appears to be a woman, perhpas to fit the metaphorical significance.

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