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EMBLEMA CXCI [=190] .

Nihil reliqui.

Nothing left

Scilicet hoc deerat, post tot mala denique nostris
Locustae ut raperent, quicquid inesset agris.[1]
Vidimus innumeras Euro[2] duce tendere turmas:
Qualia non Atilae, castrave Xerxis erant.[3]
Hae foenum, milium, farra[4] omnia consumpserunt:
Spes & in angusto est, stant nisi vota super.

This was all it needed - that after so many misfortunes, finally locusts should seize whatever was in our fields. We have seen countless squadrons encamped, led by Eurus, hosts such as Attila and Xerxes never had. These creatures have eaten up all hay, millet and barley. There is little scope for hope unless our prayers prevail.

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Das CXCI [=190] .

Alls verthon, nichts ubrigs.

Ich hör wol es hat an dem gfelt
Daß die Heuwschrecken unser Feld
Auffressen und blündertens Land
Nach soviel unglück das wir hand
Erlitten, wir haben gesehn
Das der Ostwind her hat thon wehn
Ein grössern hauffen den ghabt hat
Der Azel oder Xerxes drat
Die haben alles Heuw und dweid
Auffgefressen den Hirsch und das Gtreid
Die hoffnung wir jetzt haben klein
Nichts ubrigs dann das gbet allein.

Notes:

1.  Referring to a plague of locusts in North Italy in 1541/2 (as in the commentary).

2.  Eurus was the wind from the East.

3.  Attila the Hun and Xerxes, King of Persia, were leaders who invaded the Roman Empire and Greece with vast armies in mid fifth century AD and 480 BC respectively. Xerxes’ invasion and Attila’s first invasion both came from the east.

4.  Variant reading: corda, ‘later crops’.


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    EMBLEMA CXCIII [=192] .

    Aëre quandoque salutem redimen-
    dam.

    Sometimes money must be spent to purchase safety

    Et pedibus segnis, tumida & propendulus alvo,
    Hac tamen insidias effugit arte fiber.
    Mordicus ipse sibi medicata[1] virilia vellit,
    Atque abicit, sese gnarus ob illa peti.
    Huius ab exemplo disces non parcere rebus,
    Et vitam ut redimas, hostibus aera dare.[2]

    Though slow of foot and with swollen belly hanging down, the beaver nonetheless escapes the ambush by this trick: it tears off with its teeth its testicles, which are full of a medicinal substance, and throws them aside, knowing that it is hunted for their sake. - From this creature’s example you will learn not to spare material things, and to give money to the enemy to buy your life.

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    Das CXCIII [=192] .

    Man sol zu zeiten kein Gelt ansehen
    daß man sich ledige.

    Ein Biber ob er wol ist träg
    Auff sein Füßn und hat ein bauch, läg
    Jedoch so kan er artlich frey
    Der Hünd empfliehen groß geschrey
    Sein Hödlin er im selbs hrauß reist
    Und herab hauwt dieweil er weist
    Daß man darumb nachstellen thut
    Im, dann in der Artzney seinds gut
    An diesem nim ein Beyspil ebn
    Das du zu erretten dein lebn
    Vor deinem Feind kein Gut noch Gelt
    Erkargen noch ersparen sölt.

    Notes:

    1.  Corrected from the errata.

    2.  This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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