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EMBLEMA CXXV.

Alius peccat, alius plectitur.

One sins and another is punished

Arripit ut lapidem catulus, morsuque fatigat,
Nec percussori mutua damna facit.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M7r f82r]Sic plerique sinunt veros elabier hosteis:
Et quos nulla gravat noxia, dente petunt.[1]

A puppy seizes the stone and worries it with his teeth and does not bite back at the one who threw it. Even so, most people allow the true enemy to escape and bite those who carry no burden of guilt.

Das CXXV.

Einer sündigt der ander büst.

Gleich wie ein Hund der mit eim Stein
Geworffen wirt, den Stein allein
Anfelt und beist in zorniglich
Dem der in gworffen hat thut er nicht
Also findt man deren vil
Die dHauptsächer lohnt auß dem spil
Und fallen allein diese an
So wider sie nicht habn gethan.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.


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Pitié du Fils au Pere.

LXIX.

Enee de Troye fuyoit,
Son pere sur son col portant:
Et à ses ennemis crioit,

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Messieurs, souffrez de moy atant:
Si ce vieillard allez battant,
Nul est qui proffit en espere:
Et si cours m’allez permettant,
Gloire auray de sauver mon pere.[1]

commentaires.

Enee, Prince tresnoble entre les Troyens, apres que
les Grecs eurent pris Troye la grand’, l’eurent ruinee
& mis en cendre, quoy qu’il luy fust comme permis
d’emporter ce qu’il voudroit, ne voulut pourtant pren-
dre autre chose que son bon vieillard de pere, qu’il char-
gea sur ses espaules, & l’emporta au travers des enne-
mis & des flammes. O Seigneurs Grecs, disoit-il, par-
donnez nous, espargnez nous. Ce ne vous sera jamais
honneur si vous tuez un pauvre vieillard, qui a ja un
pied en la fosse: mais moy j’auray un grand contente-
ment, & ce me sera une grand’ gloire, si je puis sau-
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [] ver mon bon pere. Un fils ne sçauroit assez honnorer
& soulager ses parents: Il leur doit toute aide, se-
cours, & assistance.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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