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De la vida humana.

OTTAVA ACEPHALA.

Llora Heraclito si llorar solias,
Que mas ay que llorar aora en la vida.
Democrito, si alguna vez reias
Aora rie, que mas està perdida.
Mientras mas miro, mas con vos barrunto
Como podre reyr y llorar junto.[1]

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [A49a165]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.


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EMBLEMA CXXIII.

In deprehensum.

Caught!

Iamdudum quacunque fugis te persequor: at nunc
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M5v f80v]Cassibus in nostris denique captus ades.
Amplius haud poteris vires eludere nostras,
Ficulno anguillam strinximus in folio.[1]

For a long time now I have been pursuing you wherever you flee; but now you are here, at long last caught in our net. You will no longer be able to elude our power - we have gripped the eel tight in a fig-leaf.

Das CXXIII.

Von eim gefangnen.

Wo du hin fleuchst folg ich dir nach
Und ob dir ist zu fliehen jach
So hab ich dich doch schon erhascht
Und in mein garn bracht und gbaßt
Du wirst mir nicht mehr meim gewalt
Empfliehen künnen also bald
Dann ich mit Feigenlaub den Aal
Gefast hab daß er bleiben sal.

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1.  The rough surface of the fig-leaf made it suitable for gripping slippery objects. See Erasmus, Adagia 395, Folio ficulno tenes anguillam.


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