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EMBLEMA CXXXV.

Imparitas vel Imparilitas.

Inequality or Inferiority

Ut sublime volans tenuem secat ara falco
Ut pascuntur humi graculus, anser, anas:
Sic summum scandit super aethera Pindarus ingens,
Sic scit humi tantm serpere Bacchilides.[1]

As the falcon cleaves the thin air flying high, as the jackdaw, the goose, the duck feed on the ground, so mighty Pindar soars above the highest heaven, so Bacchylides knows only how to creep along the ground.

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Das CXXXV.

Ungleichheit.

Gleich wie der FalckFalck hoch in dem lufft
Einher fleucht und trennet den dufft
Und gleich wir herundn auff der Erdn
Der Heher, Gans und Endt geweidet werdn
Also schwingt in dhch ubersich
Pindrus der Poet gwaltiglich
Also Bacchilides herwidr
Krebsen und kriechen thut hienidr.

Notes:

1. The first two lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).


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