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EI QUI SEMEL SUA PRO-
degerit aliena credi non
oportere.

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

Cholchidos in gremio nidum quid congeris? heu
Nescia cur pullos tam male credis avis.
Dira parens Medaea 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 [A31a034].


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EMBLEMA CXXVII.

A minimis quoque timendum.

Beware of even the weakest foe

Bella gerit Scarabaeus, & hostem provocat ultr,
Robore & inferior, consilio superat.
Nam plumis aquilae clm se neque cognitus abdit,
Hostilem ut nidum summa per astra petat.
Ovaque confodiens, prohibet spem crescere prolis:
Hocque modo illatum dedecus ultus abit.[1]

The scarab beetle is waging war and takes the challenge to its foe. Though inferior in physical strength, it is superior in strategy. It hides itself secretly in the eagle’s feathers without being felt, in order to attack its enemy’s nest across the lofty skies. It bores into the eggs and prevents the hoped-for offspring from developing. And then it departs, having thus avenged the insult inflicted on it.

Das CXXVII.

Die kleinen seind auch zu frchten.

Der Schrter fhrt ein hefftigen streit
Wider den Adler alle zeit
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [M8v f83v] Den Feind er hrau heischt auff den plan
Mit ligstigkeit er sigt im an
Und nit mit sterck, dann heimlich er
Versteckt sich unders Feinds Feder
Den also der Adler mit sich
Frt in sein Nest hoch ubersich
Darinnen er die Eyr zerkluckt
Verhindert in an sein jungen fluckt
Da er deren beraubt wirt zhand
Also recht er sein zugfgt schand.

Notes:

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


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