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Nihil reliqui.

Nothing left

Emblema cxxvii.

Scilicet hoc deerat, post tot mala, denique nostris
Locustae ut raperent, quicquid inesset agris.[1]
Vidimus innumeras Euro[2] duce tendere turmas,
Qualia non Atylae, castráve Xerxis erant.[3]
Hae foenum, milium, farra[4] omnia consumpserunt,
Spes & in angusto est, stant nisi vota super.

This was all it needed - that after so many misfortunes, finally locusts should seize whatever was in our fields. We have seen countless squadrons encamped, led by Eurus, hosts such as Attila and Xerxes never had. These creatures have eaten up all hay, millet and barley. There is little scope for hope unless our prayers prevail.

DEflet horrificam quandam calamitatem, quae
fuit affecta Insubria,[5] circa annum, uti conii-
cio, 1541. Nam elevata nube locustae ex aëre ceci-
derunt, legumina, herbas, grana omnia depastae,
adeo ut famem & desperationem induxerint.

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Rien de reste.

LAs qu’avions nous de plus que le passé à craindre?
C’estoit pour achever en reste de nous peindre,
Qu’avons veu ravager par tout des sautereaux,
Qui le fruict de nos champs, de nos courtils, & preaux
Nous ont tout emporté en tel & si grand nombre,
Que les camps de Xerxes ne firent tel encombre,
Ou bien ceux d’Atyla: car ils ont mis la faim,
Ayans rongé en tout & foin, millet, & grain:
Tout est perdu pour nous, & apres telle peste
Rien que le seul souhait maintenant ne nous reste.

IL desplore une fort horrible calamité, dont
fut affligee la Lombardie, environ l’an,
comme j’estime, 1541. Car une grosse & es-
pesse nuee s’estant eslevee, grand nombre de
langoustes & sauterelles tomberent de l’air,
rongerent tous legumages, herbes, grains,
de sorte qu’elles amenerent une famine
avec desespoir.

Notes:

1.  Referring to a plague of locusts in North Italy in 1541/2 (as in the commentary).

2.  Eurus was the wind from the East.

3.  Attila the Hun and Xerxes, King of Persia, were leaders who invaded the Roman Empire and Greece with vast armies in mid fifth century AD and 480 BC respectively. Xerxes’ invasion and Attila’s first invasion both came from the east.

4.  Variant reading in 1550, corda, ‘later crops’.

5.  Insubria was another name for Lombardy (or for the northwestern part of it), named for the Celtic Insubres who lived there.


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