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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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Contre les temeraires.

Apodeixe.

Voy Phaëton sur le char de son pere,[1]
Qui les chevaulx povoir regir espere:
Apres avoir le monde en feu bouté
Tombe du char ou fol estoit monté:
Ainsi maints Roys jeunes, dessus la Rouë
De la fortune elevéz: qui s’en jouë
Apres du peuple, & d’eulx perdition,
De leurs malfaictz ont la punition.

Les Princes temeraires destruisent eulx mesmes, &
leurs peuples, & puys: finalement en sont puniz.

Notes:

1.  Phaethon, the son of Apollo, the sun-god. The myth referred to here is told in Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.748 - 2.349. Both Phaethon and Icarus CHECK ([A58a096]) are types of those who aim too high and do not recognise their proper sphere.


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