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EMBLEMA CLXXX [=179] ..

Vespertilio.

The bat.

Vespere quae tantum volitat, quae lumine lusca est,
Quae cum alias [=alas] gestet, caetera muris habet.
Ad res diversas trahitur, mala nomina primum
Signat: quae latitant, iudiciumque timent.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q6v f113v]Inde & philosophos, qui dum coelestia quaerunt,
Calligant oculis, falsaque sola vident.
Tandem & versutos, cùm clàm sectentur utrunque,
Acquirunt neutra qui sibi parte fidat [=fidem] .

The creature that flies only in the evening, that has poor sight, that is endowed with wings, but has other features belonging to a mouse, is used to represent various things. First it indicates persons of bad standing who lie low and fear being called to account. Next philosophers, who, while they search the heavens, develop blurred vision and only see what is false. Lastly, wily men, who secretly court both parties, but do not win trust on either side.

Das CLXXX [=179] .

Fledermauß.

Die Speckmauß so hat ein blöd gsicht
Und nur umb den abent hrumb sticht
Ist ein Vogel das dFlügel hat
Das ander als einr Mauß zustat
Zu vilen dingen sie braucht wirt
Erstlich den der ein böß gschrey führt
Bedeut, und der verbergen thut
Sich, und fürcht deß Richters Zuchtrut
Darnach auch die Weltweisen gschmitzt
Die Himmlisch ding zerforschn seind gspitzt
Und strauchlen mit irem Gsicht doch
Sehen nicht dann was arg ist noch
Darzu zeigts an auch listig Leut
Die heimlich sich auff beyde seit
Halten, und kriegen doch zu sold
Das in kein theil trauwt, und ist hold.


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    Superbia.

    Pride

    LXII.

    En statuae statua,[1] & ductum de marmore marmor
    Se conferre deis ausa procax Niobe. [2]
    Est vitium muliebre superbia, & arguit oris
    Duritiem, ac sensus, qualis inest lapidi.

    Behold a statue of a statue, marble carved from marble, insolent Niobe, who dared to set herself up against the gods. Pride is a woman’s vice, and shows hardness of face and feeling, such as exists in a stone.

    Notes:

    1.  According to the best-known story of her fate, Niobe was turned to stone. For the statue of Niobe by Praxiteles, see Ausonius, Epigrams, 63.2 and Anthologia Graeca, 16.130, a much translated epigram, which seems to have been in Alciato’s thoughts here.

    2.  Niobe in her pride boasted that having 12 (or 14) children, she was superior to Lato with just two, i.e. Apollo and Diana. These gods in revenge slew all her children and in her grief Niobe hardened into a rock; see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 6.165ff. See further, Erasmus, Adagia, 2233, ‘Niobes mala’.


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