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EMBLEMA CXX.

Quod non capit Christus, rapit
fiscus.

What Christ does not receive, the exchequer seizes

Exprimit humentes quas iam madefecerat antè
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3v f78v]Spongiolas, cupidi Principis arcta manus.
Provehit ad summum fures quos deinde coërcet,
Vertat ut in fiscum quae malè parta suum.[1]

The dripping sponges which he had previously filled with moisture the tight hand of a greedy prince is wringing out. He advances thieves to the top and then puts pressure on them, so that he may divert to his own treasury their ill-gotten gains.

Das CXX.

Was Gott nit nimt, führt der Teuf-fel[2] weg.

Gleich wie der Fürst mit starcker faust
Den nassen Schwam truckt gwaltig auß
Den er zuvor hat eingequellt
Und mit Wasser gefeucht und gfült
Also thut er den Vögten sein
Die er zvor in groß ehr setzt ein
Hernach so sstelen peinlich strafft
Und ir gut in dRenntkammer rafft.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Suetonius, Life of the Deified Vespasian 16.

2.  The translation of ‘fiscus’ (exchequer) by ‘Teufel’ (devil) is obviously interesting.


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DOLUS IN SUOS.[1]

Treachery against one’s own kind.

Emblema. 50.

Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis,
Assueta ad dominos ire redire suos.
Congeneres cernens volitare per aera 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.[2]

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.

Notes:

1.  For this emblem the picturae for Emblems 47 and 50 have been printed one on top of the other. The Iconclass description has been done on the basis of the 1550 edition from which the engravings appear to be derived.

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


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