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EMBLEMA CVIII.

Qui alta contemplantur cadere.

Those who contemplate the heights come to grief

Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,
Et iacta altivolam figit harundo gruem.
Dipsada non prudens auceps pede perculit: ultrix
Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore iacit,
Sic obit, extento qui sydera respicit arcu,
Securus fati, quod iacet ante pedes.[1]

While he tricks thrushes with bird-lime, larks with snares, while his speeding shaft pierces the high-flying crane, the careless bird-hunter steps on a snake; avenging the injury, it spits the darting venom from its jaws. So he dies, a man who gazes at the stars with bow at the ready, oblivious of the mishap lying before his feet.

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Das CVIII.

Wer zu hoch steigt der felt.

Dieweil der Vogler mit dem kleben
Den kramtsv÷geln stelt nach irm lebn
Und weil er legt den Lerchen rick
Scheust sein Boltz nach den Kranchen dick
Hat er getretten unbedacht
Mit eim Fu├Ÿ auff ein Schlangen jacht
Die thet sich wider rechen bald
Und stach in in den Fu├Ÿ mit gwalt
Also geht zu grundt der da richt
Sein gspanten Bogen nach dem gsicht
In dWolcken, bedenckt und sorgt nicht
Was im auff Erden sey zugricht.

Notes:

1. áSee Anthologia graeca 7.172 and Aesop, Fables 137.


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