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Amour de ses enfans.

Apostrophe.

Le Ramier faict son nid avant le ver,
Et ses oeufz couve au plus fort de l’hyver:
Pour ses petitz sa plume arrache, & nu
Il meurt de froid, quand l’hyver est venu.[1]
Progné, Medée, honte point ne te mord?
Veu qu’un oyseau pour les siens reçoit mort?[2]

La Palumbe qui se despoille, & meurt de froid pour
couvrir & eschaufer ses petiz venuz en hyver: donne
exemple de piteuse mere à toutes femmes: & faict honte à
celles qui laissent perir leurs enfans, par faulte de cure,
ou les tuent, comme feit Progné & Medée.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.95.

2.  Both Medea and Procne killed their own children. They are the legendary infamous child-killers. See [A58a064] n. for Procne, [A58a051] n. for Medea.


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EMBLEMA LXXIII.

Pietas filiorum in parentes.

Honour from children towards parents

Per medios hosteis patriae cum ferret ab igne,
Aeneas humeris dulce parentis onus.
Parcite, dicebat, vobis sene adorea[1] rapto,
Nulla erit, erepto sed patre summa mihi.[2]

When Aeneas was carrying the dear burden of his father on his shoulders through the midst of the enemy, out of the flames destroying his homeland, he kept saying: Spare us. Carrying off an old man will bring you no glory; but carrying my father to safety will be the greatest glory for me.

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Das LXXIII.

Die lieb der Kinder gegen iren Eltern.

Als Eneas auff seinem ruck
Sein Vatter die lieb bürdin trug
Mitten durch die Feindt auß dem Feuwer
Seins lieben Vatterlands ungeheuwer
Sprach er, verschont deß alten greiß
An im erlangt ir kleinen preiß
Aber mir wars die gröste ehr
Wann ich davon bracht mein Vatter.

Notes:

1.  The errata suggest ‘gloria’, but this reading is not supported by other editions.

2.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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