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Firmissima convelli non posse.

The firmest things cannot be uprooted.

Emblema xlii.

Oceanus quamvis fluctus pater excitet omnes:[1]
Danubiumque omnem, barbare Turca bibas.[2]
Non tamen irrumpes perfracto limite, Caesar
Dum Carolus populis bellica signa dabit.[3]
Sic sacrae quercus[4] firmis radicibus adstant,
Sicca licet venti concutiant folia.

Though Father Ocean rouses all his waves, though, barbarous Turk, you drink the Danube dry, yet you shall not break through the boundary and burst in, while Emperor Charles shall give to his peoples the signal for war. Even so, holy oaks stand firm with tenacious roots, though the winds rattle the dry leaves.

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ID mutuatus est ex epigrammate quodam Graeco
Crinagori, quod confert in laudationem Caroli v.
Imperatoris
parta illa nobili de Turcis victoria, qui irrito
conatu ViennamAustriae urbem obsederant. Sym-
bolum hîc ponitur annosae quercus, quae quan-
quam foliis hinc inde excussis firmis radicibus hae-
ret: Ita virtus illa Imperatoria, aut etiam Christia-
nus
status moveri loco non potest, tametsi quidam
bello cadant, alii etiam modis aliis periclitentur.

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CHOSES FERMEMENT
appuyees ne se peuvent abbatre.

ENcor que l’Ocean amasse tous ses fleuves,
Et que sur le Danube à grands ostz tu te treuves
Comme pour l’engloutir, Turc barbare & mauldit,
Outre ne franchiras: le pas t’est interdit,
Tant que le grand Cesar gouvernera l’Empire[5],
Charles qu’un chacun craint, & redoute, & admire:
“ Car les chesnes sacrez, quoy qu’agitez souvent,
“ Demeurent asseurez, les fueilles vont au vent.

IL a emprunté cecy d’un certain epigram-
me Grec de Crinagorus, ce qu’il employe
à la louange de l’Empereur Charles le
quint
, ayant gaigné une fort belle victoire
sur les Turcs, qui avoient assiegé la ville de
Vienne en Austriche quoy qu’en vain. Icy
est mis le pourtrait d’un viel chesne, duquel
encor que les fueilles tombent de tous co-
stez, toutesfois il se tient ferme en ses racines.
Aussi la singuliere vertu de l’Empereur, ou
bien plustost l’estat de la Chrestienté de-
meure immobile, quoy qu’aucuns meurent
es guerres, & autres tombent en danger
d’autre façon.

Notes:

1.  This poem is based on Anthologia graeca 9.291, which refers to a threat to ancient Rome from invading German tribes.

2.  The Turks invaded along the Danube and reached Hungary, winning the battle of Mohacs in 1526. When Alciato was writing, they continued to threaten Vienna and Central Europe.

3.   Caesar...Charlus, i.e. Emperor Charles V, led the charge to recover the lost territory.

4.  ‘holy oaks’. Oaks were holy because sacred to Zeus, especially at his sanctuary at Dodona in Greece. See [FALc199]. The image of the dry leaves is already present in the Greek poem, but see also Vergil, Aeneid 4.441-4.

5.  Corrected from the Errata


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  • Asiatic races and peoples: Turks [32B33(TURKS)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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