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AEre quandoque salutem redimendam.

Sometimes money must be spent to purchase safety

Et pedibus segnis, tumida & propendulus alvo,
Hac tamen insidias effugit arte fiber.
Mordicus ipse sibi medicata virilia vellit,
Atque abiicit, sese gnarus ob illa peti.
Huius ab exemplo disces non parcere rebus.
Et vitam ut redimas, hostibus aera dare.[1]

Though slow of foot and with swollen belly hanging down, the beaver nonetheless escapes the ambush by this trick: it tears off with its teeth its testicles, which are full of a medicinal substance, and throws them aside, knowing that it is hunted for their sake. - From this creature’s example you will learn not to spare material things, and to give money to the enemy to buy your life.

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Le salut se doibt acheter.

Le Byevre qui Castor sappelle,
Des veneurs, & des chiens presse,
Aux dens ses genitaulx expelle:
Car pour aultre bien nest chasse.
Ce mal rend plusgrand mal passe.
Sur quoy le prudent peult entendre,
Quil fault quicter bien amasse,
Premier que grand peril attendre.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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EMBLEMA CLXIX [=168] .

In sordidos.

Disgusting people

Quae rostro (clystere velut) sibi proluit alvum
Ibis, Niliacis cognita littoribus,[1]
Transiit opprobrii in nomen: quo Publius hostem
Naso suum appellat, Battiadesque suum.[2]

The ibis, a bird familiar on the banks of the Nile, washes out its bowels using its beak like a syringe. ‘Ibis’ has become a term of insult. Publius Naso [Ovid] called his enemy Ibis; and the inhabitant of Battus’ town did the same.

Das CLXIX [=168] .

Wider die Garstigen.

Der Vogel Ibis so bekannt
Ist am Nil in Egyptenlandt
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q2r f109r] Der sich mit seim Schnabel clystiert
Und auß seim Leib den unflat führt
Deß Nam ist worden zu einr schmach
Dann also nennt sein Feind darnach
Der Poet Publius Naso
Auch Batiades sein also.

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1.  For this information about the ibis, see Aelian, De natura animalium, 2.35; Cicero, De natura deorum, 2.126; Pliny, Natural History, 8.41.97.

2.  Battiades, ‘the inhabitant of Battus’ town’, i.e. the poet Callimachus, a native of Cyrene, a town founded by Battus. Ovid refers to Callimachus’ invective (not now extant) in his own poem Ibis, 53ff.


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