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EMBLEMA CLXXIIII [=173] .

Oblivio paupertatis parens.

Heedlessness is the mother of poverty.

Cum lupus esuriens mandit cervarius escam,
Praeque fame caprum [=captum] devorat hinnuleum,
Respiciat si forte alio, vel lumina vertat,
Praesentem oblitus quem tenet ungue cibum.
Quaeritat incertam (tanta est oblivio) praedam,
Qui sua neglexit, stulte aliena petit.[1]

When a starving lynx is eating its meal and in its hunger gnawing a fawn that it has caught, if it happens to look in another direction or turns its eyes aside, it forgets the food it actually has in its claws. So far does its attention wander that it starts hunting a prey that it may not succeed in catching. Foolishly setting no store by what it has, it pursues things that have nothing to do with it.

Das CLXXIIII [=173] .

Vergessenheit ist der Armut Vatter

Ein Hungriger Luchs der gfangn hat
Ein jung Rechkalb und darob stat
Wils fressen geitzig darein beist
Au▀ hunger, und zustŘcken reist
So er sich ohn als gfehrd umbsicht
Oder sein Augn ander▀ hin richt
Vergi▀t er der spei▀ so er helt
Gegnwertig in sein klauwen gfelt
Und sucht ein ungewisse beut
So gro▀ ist die vergessenheit
Der das verseumet und veracht
Derselb t÷richt nach andern tracht.

Notes:

1. áSee Pliny, as given in the commentary. Cf. also Aesop Fables, 204; and Erasmus, Parabolae, pp.234, 250.


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    • beasts of prey, predatory animals: lynx (+ animal with prey) [25F23(LYNX)(+452)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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