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Doctos doctis obloqui nefas
esse.

It is wicked for scholars to wrangle with other scholars

XCIX.

Quid rapis heu Progne vocalem saeva Cicadam,
Pignoribusque tuis fercula dira paras?[1]
Ac stridula stridulam[2], vernam verna, hospita laedis
Hospitam, & aligeram penniger ales avem?
Ergo abice hanc praedam, nam musica pectora summum est
Alterum ab alterius dente perire nefas.

Alas, Procne, why, cruel bird, do you sieze on the melodious cicada and prepare a dreadful banquet for your young? A whistler yourself, you harm the shrill singer; a summer visitor, you hurt another fine-weather caller; a guest, you harm a guest; a feathered bird, you hurt another winged creature. So let this prize go. It is the greatest sin for hearts devoted to the Muses to perish by one another’s tooth.

COMMENTARIA.

Increpat hirundinem avem, cicadam rapien-
tem, his verbis quid rapis dira Progne cantan
tem Cicadam, quid escam adeò crudelem tuis
pullis paras? tu stridens stridentem aestivalis
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [l2v p164]aestivalem, hospita hospitam, volans volantem.
Avis denique avem perdis? quin potius proiice
dimitteque huiusmodi praedam, iniquum enim
est & iniuriosum eiusdem conditionis musi-
cos animos invicem insidiari. Quomodo au
tem Progne in hirundinem sit mutata, dictum
est suprà in Embl. 44.[3] ex Ovidii lib. 6. Metamorphoseon.
Hirundines hyeme discedere videmus, & re-
fert Plinius lib. 18. cap. 31. pariter & Cicadas fri-
goris tempore evanescere. Idem lib. 11. cap 26.
Utraeque etiam adventu aestatem praesagiunt.

Notes:

1.  The reference is to the legend of Procne’s metamorphosis into a swallow. See [A56a274]. For swallows catching cicadas, see Aelian, De natura animalium 8.6.

2.  Textual variant: Stridula stridentem.

3.  See [A56a044]


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  • Philomela, Procne and Tereus changed into nightingale, swallow, hoopoe (or hawk): Tereus seeks to kill Philomela and Procne for having slain his son; in their flight the two sisters are changed into a nightingale and a swallow; Tereus is changed into a ho [97DD23] Search | Browse Iconclass

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BONIS A DIVITIBUS NIHIL
timendum.

The good have nothing to fear from the rich

Iunctus contiguo Marius mihi parîete, nec non,
Subbardus[1] nostri nomina nota fori.[2]
Aedificant bene nummati, sattaguntque vel ultro,
Obstruere heu nostris undique luminibus.
Me miserum geminae, quem tanquam phinea restant [=raptant]
Harpyae,[3] ut propriis sedibus eiiciant.
Integritas vestra [=nostra] , atque animus quesitor honesti,[4]
His nisi sunt [=sint] Zetes, his nisi sint Calais.

Marius is joined to me by a connecting wall, and so is Subbardus, names well-known in our little community. Having plenty of cash, they are building, and what’s more, busily doing their best, without any provocation on my part, to block my windows, alas, on every side. What a plight I am in - I am like Phineus, attacked by two Harpies, trying to throw me out of my own home, unless my integrity, my mind that is a seeker of the right, act as my Zetes and my Calais against them.

Notes:

1.  Marius, the typical self-made man (referring to humble origins of Gaius Marius, the consul and general). Subbardus, possibly ‘Mr. Thick’.

2.  nostri...fori, ‘in our little community’, probably a reference to the forum in any Roman town as a centre of commercial and legal activities. So these are businessmen or lawyers, possibly the second, as they are acting illegally on several counts.

3.  The Harpies, symbols of injustice, were carrying off or soiling Phineus’ food so that he could not eat. He was delivered by Zetes and Calais, the winged sons of the North Wind and Oreithyia. See e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses 6.711-7.4.

4.  Integritas...quaesitor. These words (‘integrity’, ‘seeker’) are probably a punning reference to supposed etymologies of Calais and Zetes as if derived from Greek kalos ‘beautiful, good’ and zetein ‘to seek’. For the sentiment of lines 7 - 8, cf. Horace, Odes 1.22.1-2: he whose life is blameless and who knows no sin has no need of Moorish weapons.


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