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EMBLEMA XXV.

Concordia.

Concord

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In bellum civile duces cum Roma pararet,
Viribus & cederet Martia terra[1] suis:[2]
Mos fuit in partes turmis coeuntibus, easdem[3],
Coniunctas dextras[4] mutua dona dare.
Foederis haec species, id habet concordia signum.
Ut quos iungit amor, iungat & ipsa manus.

When Rome was marshalling her generals to fight in civil war and that martial land was yeilding to her own might, it was the custom for squadrons coming together on the same side to exchange joined right hands as gifts. This is a token of alliance; concord has this for a sign - those whom affection joins the hand joins also.

Das XXV.

Einigkeit.

Nach dem die Römischen Fürsten
Wider einander sich rüsten
Und den Bürger Krieg fiengen an
Das durch eigne krefft Rom wurd zam
Ward dieser brauch bey inen gmein
So sie sich verbanden in ein
Die rechte Hand botten sie dar
Einander in treuwen meinend zwar
Diß war ir Bündtnuß, weiß und gstalt
Der einigkeit ein zeichen alt
Das welche die lieb zsammen bind
An denen die Hend nit erwind.

Notes:

1.  ‘Martial land’, a reference not only to Rome’s bellicose history but to the legend that Rome’s founder Romulus was the son of Mars, the god of war.

2.  Corrected from the errata.

3.  Cf. Horace, Epodes 16.2, ‘Rome is being destroyed by her own might’ (written during the civil conflicts of 41 BC).

4.  These were fashioned in some kind of metal for use as tokens of friendship; see e.g. Tacitus, The Histories 1.54 and 2.8, (referring to another time of civil conflict, 69 - 70 AD). Alciato worked on the text of Tacitus and wrote some annotations.


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Gratiam referendam.

Show gratitude.

Aërio 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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