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EMBLEMA CXIII.

Dolos [=Dolus] in suos.

Treachery against one’s own kind.

Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis
Adsueta ad dominos ire redire suos.
Congeneres cernens volitare per aëra turmas,
Garrit: in illarum se recipitque gregem,
Praetensa incautas donec sub retia ducat.
Obstrepitant captae, conscia at ipsa silet,
Perfida cognato se sanguine polluit ales
Officiosa aliis, exitiosa suis.[1]

The well-fed decoy duck with its green-blue wings is trained to go out and return to its masters. When it sees squadrons of its relations flying through the air, it quacks and joins itself to the flock, until it can draw them, off their guard, into the outspread nets. When caught they raise a protesting clamour, but she, knowing what she has done, keeps silence. The treacherous bird defiles itself with related blood, servile to others, deadly to its own kind.

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Das CXIII.

Betrug gegen den seinen.

Der Antrech mit schön Federn ziert
Der die wilden Endten verfürt
Ist abgerichtet und gewent
Das er von und zu seim Herrn lendt
Wann er sicht fliegen in der höh
Ein hauffen seins gschlechts und art jöh
So lockt ers herzu mit seim gschrey
Und fügt sich undern hauffen frey
Biß daß er sie verführt onbdacht
Und unwissend hat ins Garn bracht
Die also gfangen fladern vil
Er aber weiß, tückt sich schweigt still
Der schalck Vogel sich bflecken thut
Mit seins Gschlechts verwandten Blut
Andern ist er hurtig und nutz
Den seinen aber schad und stutz.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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CONSILIARII PRINCIPUM.

Counsellors of princes

Emblema 144.

Heroum genitos, & magnum fertur Acchillem
In stabulis Chiron erudiisse suis.[1]
Semiferum doctorem, & semivirum Centaurum,
Assideat quisquis regibus, esse docet.
Est fera dum violat socios, dum proterit hostes:
Estque homo, dum simulat se populo esse pium.

It is said that Chiron brought up in his stables the sons of heroes and the great Achilles. He shows us that anyone who sits in counsel with kings is a teacher who is half a beast, a centaur who is half a man. He is the beast when he attacks supporters and tramples on enemies. He is the man when he feigns compassion for the people.

Notes:

1.  Chiron, the wise centaur entrusted with the education of Achilles, Aesculapius, and other noble figures. Centaurs were creatures combining the physical and mental characteristics of a man with those of a horse. They were wild and uncontrolled, and came to symbolise humanity descending to savagery. Even the civilised Chiron, the educator, retained violent potential.


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