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EMBLEMA CLXXXII [=181] .

Impossibile.

The impossible

Abluis Aethyopem quid frustra? ah desine, noctis
Illustrare nigrae nemo potest tenebras.[1]

Why are you washing an Ethiopian in vain? Oh, do stop. No one can turn the shades of black night into light.

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Das CLXXXII [=181] .

Vergebne Arbeit.

Was badt sein Moren lang umb sunst?
H÷r auff es ist verlorn all Kunst
Dann niemand der duncklen Nacht kan
Dick Finsternu▀ erleuchten thon.

Notes:

1. áThis is a translation of Anthologia graeca 11.428. See also Aesop, Fables 11; Erasmus, Adagia 350, Aethiopen lavas.


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  • (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilit´┐Ż humana, Fugacit´┐Ż delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanit´┐Ż (Ripa) [11R5] Search | Browse Iconclass
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