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OCNI EFFIGIES DE HIS QUI
meretricibus donant, quňd in bonos
usus verti debeat.[1]

A representation of Ocnus. On those who give to whores what should be turned to good

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Impiger haud cessat funem contexere sparto,
Humidaque artifici iungere fila manu.
Sed quantum multis vix torquet strenuus horis,
Protinus ignavi ventris asella vorat.
Foemina iners animal, facili congesta marito,
Lucra rapit, mundum prodigit inque suum.

Ocnus never stops busily plaiting rope from broom, joining the damp fibres with skilful hand. But what he manages to spin with great effort in many hours the she-ass, a beast with greedy guts, continuously consumes. - Woman, an idle creature, grabs the accumulated savings from her complaisant husband and squanders it on her own adornment.

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1.  The painting by Polygnotus depicting this scene is described in Pausanias, Periegesis 29.2. See also Propertius, Elegies 4.3.21; Erasmus, Adagia 383, Contorquet piger funiculum. Ocnus, idleness personified, was a proverbial example of wasted effort.


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Princeps subditorum incolumitatem
procurans.

The Prince caring for the safety of his subjects

XXI.

Titanii[1] quoties conturbant aequora fratres,
Tum miseros nautas anchora iacta iuvat.
Hanc pius erga homines Delphin[2] complectitur, imis
Tutius ut possit figier illa vadis.
Quŕm decet haec memores gestare insignia Reges,
Anchora quod nautis, se populo esse suo.

Whenever the brothers of Titan race churn up the seas, then the dropped anchor aids the wretched sailors. The dolphin that cares for man wraps itself round the anchor so that it may grip more securely at the bottom of the sea. - How appropriate it is for kings to bear this symbol, mindful that what the anchor is to sailors, they are to their people.

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Ein Furst der suecht das hayl seiner
underthan.

XXI.

Wann das mer ungestuem von wind,
Erhelt der Ancker alen streyt,
Den umbfecht auch der Delphin gschwind,
Den gluck des menschen sonder freydt.
Einn Fursten die figuer bedeydt,
Der seim land schutz und hilff so guet
Erzaygt, in gefarlicher zeyt,
Als einem schiff der Ancker thuet.

Notes:

1.  ‘The brothers of Titan race’, i.e. the winds: Aurora, daughter of the Titan Hyperion, was the mother of the West, North and South winds. See Hesiod, Theogony 378-80.

2.  The dolphin was supposed to guide the anchor to a good resting place. It was always friendly to man ([A42b011]). In general, see Erasmus, Adagia 1001, Festina lente.


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