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In Astrologos.

Against astrologers

Icare per superos qui raptus & aëra, donec
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4r f71r]In mare praecipitem caera liquata daret,[1]
Nunc te caera eadem, fervensque resuscitat[2] ignis,[3]
Exemplo ut doceas dogmata certa tuo.
Astrologus[4] caveat quicquam praedicere, praeceps
Nam cadet impostor, dum super[5] astra volat.

Icarus, you were carried through the heights of heaven and through the air, until the melted wax cast you headlong into the sea. Now the same wax and the burning fire raise you up again, so that by your example you may provide sure teaching. Let the astrologer beware of prediction. Headlong will the imposter fall, as he flies beyond the stars.


In die Sternseher.

Icare der du gfaren bist
In der Höch durch die Wolcken mit list
Biß daß das Wachß wurd weich und schmoltz
Und du ins Meer filst wie ein Holtz?
Nun ermundert dich wider jetz
Eben diß wachß und feuwrig hitz
Das du gebest ein gwisse lehr
Durch dein Exempel uns jetzt her
Damit sich in dAstronomey
Ein jeder hüt war zusagen frey
Dann der mit seiner Kunst ist schnell
Ins Himmels lauff, kompt in ungfell.


1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca 16.107, a poem on a bronze statue of Icarus, translated by Alciato at Selecta epigrammata (Cornarius, ed.) p.333. Icarus and his father Daedalus (Emblem 29 [A67a029] notes) escaped from King Minos of Crete on wings of feathers and wax. Icarus was over-bold and flew too near the sun; when his wings melted, he crashed into the Icarian Sea and was drowned. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.183ff. Icarus, like Phaethon (Emblem 109 [A67a109]) was a type of those who do not keep to their proper station.

2.  Corrected from the errata.

3.  ‘same wax...fire’: a reference to the cire perdue method of casting statues.

4.  Corrected from the errata.

5.  Corrected from the errata.

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