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EMBLEMA CXXXIII.

Aemulatio impar.

Competing on unequal terms

Altivolam miluus comitatur degener harpam,[1]
Et praedae partem saepe cadentis habet.
Nullum [=Mullum] prosequitur qui spretas sargus ab illo[2]
Praeteritasque avidus devorat ore dapes.
Sic mecum Oenocrates agit: at deserta studentum
Utitur hoc lippo curia tanquam oculo.[3]

An ignoble kite accompanies the soaring hawk and often gets a piece of the prey as it falls. The sargus follows the mudfish and greedily devours the food that it scorns and passes by. Oenocrates behaves like this with me - but the lecture-hall I’ve abandoned treats him like a runny eye.

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Das CXXXIII.

Ungleicher Eyffer.

Ein unartiger Wey folgt jach
Einem Goldgeyr der hoch fleugt nach
Und empfacht offt ein theil von im
Das er verzett ist sein gewin
Die Geiß Brasem nachfolget auch
Dem rotbart und frist im sein Lauck
Und sein Speiß die er wülen thut
Auß dem grundt, lett boden und flut
Mit mir handlt der Weinschlauch gleichs fall
Er nimpt die studenten an all
Die von mir weichen brauchen in
Gleich wie die Blinden ein Schillenden.

Notes:

1.  For the association of the kite and the hawk see Aristotle, Historia animalium, 9.1.609.

2.  For the sargus see Emblem 86 ([A67a086]). For its habit of following the lutarius (the mudfish) and eating the food it disturbs as it burrows in the mud, see Pliny, Natural History, 9.30.65; Erasmus, Parabolae, p. 253.

3.  lippo...tamquam oculo, ‘like a runny eye’, a proverbial expression. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4100 (Lippo oculo similis): a runny eye is something you would prefer to be rid of, but while you have it you cannot leave it alone; similarly there are people you do not like, but you find yourself obliged to make use of them.


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