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Contra.[1]

A contrary view.

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Vesparum quòd nulla unquam Rex spicula siget [=figet] .[2]
Quodque aliis duplo corpore maior erit,
Arguet imperium clemens, moderataque regna.
Sanctaque iudicibus credita iura bonis.

The king of the wasps will never implant any sting and will be twice as big as the rest. This will be a sign of mild dominion, a disciplined kingdom, and inviolable law entrusted to good judges.

Notes:

1.  It is to be noted that in this edition, as in the 1546, Maledicentia and Contra are treated as one emblem whereas in other editions Contra is treated as an emblem in its own right called Principis Clementia.

2.  According to Pliny, Natural History, 11.21.74, wasps do not have ‘kings’: it is the ‘mother’ wasps that are without stings. On the other hand, the ‘king’ bee (the ancients believed the queen bee to be male) and its lack of sting, or refusal to use its sting, was often mentioned; e.g. Aelian, De natura animalium, 5.10; Pliny, ibid., 17.52. For the analogy with kingship, see e.g. Seneca, De Clementia, 1.19; Erasmus, Adagia, 2601 (Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit).


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    Avarice.

    LXV.

    Tantale en l’eau plongé, est de la soif pressé.
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O8v p224] Ayant pommes au nez est de faim harassé.
    C’est à toy povre avare, à qui cecy s’addresse,
    Qui ayant tant de biens, en amasses sans cesse,
    Qui souvent d’aspre faim & grieve soif languis,
    Ne voulant entamer tant de thresors acquis.

    Commentaires.

    La convoitise des biens mondains, si elle n’est as-
    saisonnee de quelque contentement, est beacoup plus
    dangereuse, qu’une extreme povreté. Tantale ne peut
    appaiser sa soif, quoy qu’il soit entouré d’eaux: ny
    estaindre sa faim, quoy qu’il soit environné de pom-
    mes. C’est le vray type des avares, qui se rendans be-
    listres en leur abondance, parmi leurs grands biens
    souffrent les maux de la pauvreté.


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