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Ei, qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena credi
non oportere.

Others’ property should not be entrusted to a person who has once squandered his own

EMBLEMA LIIII.

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Colchidos in gremio nidum quid congeris? eheu,
Nescia cur pullos tam malè credis, avis?
Dira parens Medea suos saevissima natos
Perdidit, & speras parcat ut illa tuis?[1]

Why do you build your nest in the bosom of the woman from Colchis? Alas, ignorant bird, why do you entrust your nestlings so mistakenly? That frightful mother, Medea, in her savagery slew her own children. Do you expect her to spare yours?

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.346, a much-translated epigram, on the subject of a swallow that built her nest on a representation of Medea. Colchidos, ‘of the woman from Colchis’, refers to Medea, from Colchis on the Black Sea, who slew her children by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to avenge his unfaithfulness. See further [A21a078].


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EMBLEMA CXXI.

Aliquid mali propter vicinum malum.[1]

Misfortune caused by a bad neighbour

Διαλογιστικῶς

In dialogue form.

Raptabat torrens ollas, quarum una metallo,
Altera erat figuli terrea facta manu.
Hanc igitur rogat illa, velit sibi proxima ferri,
Iuncta ut praecipites utraque sistat aquas:
Cui lutea, Haud nobis tua sunt commercia curae,
Ne mihi proximitas haec mala multa ferat.
Nam seu te nobis, seu nos tibi conferat unda,
Ipsa ego te fragilis sospite sola terar.

A stream was carrying along two pots, one of which was made of metal, the other formed by the potter’s hand of clay. The metal pot asked the clay one whether it would like to float along close beside it, so that each of them, by uniting with the other, could resist the rushing waters. The clay pot replied: The arrangement you propose does not appeal to me. I am afraid that such proximity will bring many misfortunes upon me. For whether the wave washes you against me or me against you, I only, being breakable, will be shattered, while you remain unharmed.

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Das CXXI.

Ein böses umb der Nachbauwern
willen.

In einem starcken Bach daher
Rauschen zwen Häfen ongefer
Der ein auß Ertz der ander war
Gemacht vom Häfner auß Thon klar
Der auß Ertz den Irrdin ansprach
Daß er wolt schwimmen bey im nach
Damit sie kündten dester baß
Widerstandt thun dem Wasser graß.
Dem antwort wider der Irrdin
Deiner Nachbarschafft ich hab kein gwin
Und frag nit nach der gmeinschafft dein
Damit sie mich nit bring in pein
Dann so das Wasser mich an dich
Stieß, oder wider dich an mich
So bleibestu gantz unversert
Ich aber würd gar zertrimmert.

Notes:

1.  See Avianus, Fables 11; Erasmus, Adagia 32, Aliquid mali propter vicinum malum.


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