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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E7r p17]

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]

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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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N4r p199]

In eum qui truculentia suorum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people

EMBLEMA CLXVI.

Delphinem invitum me in littora compulit aestus,
Exemplum infido quanta pericla mari.
Nam si nec propriis Neptunus parcit alumnis,
Quis tutos homines navibus esse putet?[1]

I am a dolphin whom the tide drove ashore against my will, an example showing what great dangers there are in the treacherous sea. For if Neptune does not spare even his own nurslings, who can think that men are safe in ships?

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1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 7.216 (two lines omitted).


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