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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[C3r p37]

Gratiam referendam.

Show gratitude

AŽrio insignis pietate Ciconia nido,
Investes pullos pignora grata fovet.
Taliaque expectat sibi munera mutua reddi,
Auxilio hoc quoties mater egebit anus.
Nec pia spem soboles fallit, sed fessa parentum
Corpora fert humeris, praestat & ore cibos.[1]

The stork, famed for its dutiful care, in its airy nest cherishes its featherless chicks, its dear pledges of love. The mother bird expects that the same kind of service will be shown her in return, whenever she needs such help in her old age. Nor does the dutiful brood disappoint this hope, but bears its parents’ weary bodies on its wings and offers food with its beak.

Notes:

1.See Pliny, Natural History 10.32.63: cranes care for their parents’ old age in their turn. See also Aelian, De natura animalium 3.23.


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Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[H4v p120]

Maturandum.

Making good speed

LII.

Maturare iubent properŤ & cunctarier omnes,
Ne nimium praeceps, neu mora longa nimis.
Hoc tibi declaret connexum Echeneide[1] telum,
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[H5r p121]

Eyl mit weyl.

LII.

Ein gmain sprichwort ist, eyl mit weyl,
Gar kunstlich hye gezaiget an,
Der fisch Remora umb ein pfeyl
Gewunden, gibt es zu verstan:
Des fisch natur ist stiller stan,
Der pfeyl ferd schneller dann der wind,
In allen sachen mittel han,
Hayst nit zu spat, und nit zu gschwind.

Notes:

1.‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A42b049].


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