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Captivus ob gulam.

Caught by greed

LXXXVI.

Regnator penus, & mensae corrosor[1] herilis
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Queis teneram apponens barbam salsa [=falsa] ossa momordit
Illa recluserunt[2] tacta repente domum.
Depraensum & tetro tenuerunt carcere furem,
Semet in obscurum qui dederat tumulum.[3]

A mouse, king of the pantry, nibbler at the master’s table, saw oysters with their shells just slightly open. Applying his sensitive whiskers, he nibbled the deceptive bone. The oysters, when touched, suddenly slammed shut their house and held the thief, caught red-handed, in a noisome prison, a thief who had put himself into a lightless tomb.

COMMENTARIA.

Mus quidam penum inhabitans, ubi victus
variarum domini fercularum conservaban-
tur, singula corrodens, utque nihil intactum re-
linqueret, vidit inter alia Ostrea hiulca, fissa
testisque apertis, accurrit avidè ac momordit.
Ostrea verò laesa repentè domum recludunt
capto & strangulato fure, qui semetipsum in
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [i8r p143]illo obscuro sepelivit tumulo, & de merito
deprehensis poenaque dignis, dicitur prover-
bialiter illud. Decipula murem coepit. De
Ostreis etiam Plinius lib. 32. cap. 6.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: Regnatorque penus, mensaeque arrosor.

2.  Textual variant: Ast ea clauserunt.

3.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.


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  • Gluttony, Intemperance, 'Gula'; 'Gola', 'Ingordigia', 'Ingordigia overo Avidit�', 'Voracit�' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins [11N35] Search | Browse Iconclass
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EMBLEMA CIX.

In temerarios.

The reckless

Aspicis Aurigam currus Phaëtonta[1] paterni
Ignivomos ausum flectere Solis equos.
Maxima qui postquàm terris incendia sparsit:
Est temerè infesso [=insesso] lapsus ab axe miser.
Sic plerique rotis fortunae ad sydera Reges
Evecti, ambitio quos iuvenilis agit:
Post magnam humani generis clademque suamque,
Cunctorum poenas denique dant scelerum.

You see here Phaethon, driving his father’s chariot, and daring to guide the fire-breathing steeds of the Sun. After spreading great conflagrations over the earth, the wretched boy fell from the car he had so rashly mounted. - Even so, the majority of kings are borne up to heaven on the wheels of Fortune, driven by youth’s ambition. After they have brought great disaster on the human race and themselves, they finally pay the penalty for all their crimes.

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Das CIX.

Wider die verwegnen.

Sichst an den Furmann Phaetont
Wie er sich freidig understondt
Seins Vatters der Son feuwrige Roß
Zu leiten und den Wagen groß
Welcher nach dem er hett die erd
Mit unleidlicher Hitz beschwert
Ist er erbermlich von der höch
Deß Himmels gestürtzt worden jäch
Also werden gemeinlich gfürt
Durchs glück biß an deß Himmels ziert
Die großen Herrn so das jung Blut
Und hoffart bey in herrschen thut
Die empfahend dann irer schand
Damit sie sich beladen hand
Verdienten lohn, und setzen sich
Und ander mit in in den stich.

Notes:

1.  Phaethon, the son of Apollo, the sun-god. The myth referred to here is told in Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.748 - 2.349. Both Phaethon and Icarus (Emblem 107 [A67a107]) are types of those who aim too high and do not recognise their proper sphere.


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