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OBNOXIA INFIRMITAS.

Weakness is vulnerable

Emblema 168.

Pisciculos Aurata rapit medio aequore sardas,
Ni fugiant pavidae, summa marisque petant.
Ast ibi sunt mergis, fulicisque voracibus esca,
Eheu intuta manens undique debilitas!

The little sardines the golden wrasse swallows in the depths of the ocean, unless in fear they flee and make for the surface of the sea. But there they provide a meal for greedy divers and other sea-birds. Alas for weakness, remaining everywhere at risk.


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Que los pequeños tambien se han de temer.

Ottava rhima.

Guerra el Escarabajo mantenia
Con l’aguila mayor en fortaleza,
Mas con consejo la fuerça vençia
D’ella que en poco tuvo su nobleza.
Entre las plumas d’ella se escondia
Hasta subir a’l nido, y con destreza
Quebrandole los huevos, satisfecho
Quedava de aquel mal que le avia echo.[1]

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1.  For the feud between the eagle and the beetle, see Aesop, Fables 4; Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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