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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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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4r p167]

SECOND LIVRE DES
Emblemes d’Alciat.

Contre ceux qui s’enrichissent du
dommage publique.

I.

Qui veut aux anguilles pescher,
Ne cherche pas l’eau belle & claire:
Elle luy seroit trop contraire:
Il luy faut l’eau trouble cercher.
Ainsi ces gros loups ravissans,
Qui engloutissent les petits,
En paix ne font pas leurs proffits:
Mais la guerre les rend puissans.[1]

Commentaires.

Cecy est prins de la fable d’Esope, où le pescheur
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4v p168] dit, qu’il luy faudroit mourir de faim, s’il ne troubloit
l’eau, à fin que les poissons s’enfuyans, se jectassent plus
facilement dans ses filets. Helas, Combien y a-il de
gents, qui ressemblent à ce pescheur, lesquels pour fai-
re leur proffit, & remplir leurs bourses, sement des trou-
bles & divisions és royaumes & republiques, qui
bien souvent en sont desolees & ruïnees: où aussi
Dieu permet que le troubleur mesme y demeure en-
veloppé.

Notes:

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


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