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Contra los que se acompa˝an de rufianes.

Ottava rhima.

Gran summa de ladrones te acompa˝a
Scęva, y de corašon muy generoso
Te piensas, por hazer tan grande haza˝a
Que no aya algun rufian ni hombre vicioso
Que luego no se halle en tu compa˝a.
As de ser como Actęon venturoso,
El qual en ciervo siendo transformado
De sus lebreles fue despedazado.[1]

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1. áFor the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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EMBLEMA CXIX.

Opulentia tyranni, paupertas sub-
iectorum.

A wealthy ruler means poor subjects

Humani quod splen est corporis, in populi re
Hoc Caesar[1] fiscum dixerat esse suum.
Splene aucto, reliqui tabescunt corporis artus,
Fisco aucto, arguitur civica pauperies.

It was a saying of Caesar that the imperial treasury has the same relation to the people as the spleen has to the human body: if the spleen is enlarged, all the other members of the body waste away. A swollen treasury is proof of poverty among the citizens.

Das CXIX.

Reich Herrn, arm Underthanen.

Das ins Menschen Leib sMiltz ist di▀
In den Regimenten ist gwi▀
Der Oberkeit Schatzkammer schwer
Wie gsprochen hat der Keyser
So sich das Miltz mehrt nemmen ab
All ander Glieder bi▀ ins Grab
So sich mehrt der Schatz in der Rennt
WŘrd der BŘrger armut erkennt.

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1. áThe Emperor Trajan (as clarified in the commentary), one of the five ‘Good Emperors’. See Aurelius Victor, Epitome de Caesaribus, 42.21; Erasmus, Apophthegmata, 8.


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