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EMBLEMA CXVIII.

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam: multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit: sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

Das CXVIII.

Wider die so reich mit andern scha-
den werden.

Ein jeder der Ael fahen wil
So er die hellen Wasser stil
Fischt, und so er sich understeht
Und in die lautern gruben geht
Der schafft vergebns und sein müh ist
Umb sonst, so er aber mit list
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Vil gmür auff rürt, hat er gut gwinn
Also ist auch die Policei nütz
Die mit vil auffruhr wirt verstürtzt
Denen die sonst im fried und ruh
Darben und haben nicht darzu.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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    Contre les retrayeurs de brigandz.

    Apostrophe.

    Larrons brigandz suytte d’armes garnie
    Te faict par ville (O Pompard) compagnie.
    Ainsi prodigue estre anobly tu penses
    Par telz mauvais, qui suyvent pour leurs panses:
    Puis qu’ainsi has prins cornes: de tes chiens
    Mangé seras, comme Acteon des siens.[1]

    On fainct Acteon avoir esté mué en cerf, & mangé
    par ses propres chiens. Ainsi ceulx, qui pour contre-
    faire les nobles, entretiennent espadaciers, & levent
    les cornes d’oultrecuidance, deviennent serfs à leurs
    gens, & leur bien est finalement par iceulx consommé.

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    1.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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