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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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    Rien de reste.

    LXXXI.

    Cecy restoit encor, qu’apres tant de malheurs
    La sauterelle vint brouter nos champs meilleurs:[1]
    Vermine dont le vent meine trouppes plus grandes,
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P7v p238] Que d’Attile ou de Xerxe’ onq ne furent les bandes.[2]
    Foin, bestail & recoux ce bestail nous ravage:
    Helas! cest faict de nous, si Dieu ne nous soulage.

    Commentaires.

    On peut recueillir des histoires, quelle ruïne &
    desolation les chenilles & sauterelles apportent aux
    herbes & aux fruicts. Il semble qu’Alciat ayt voulu
    parler icy de la grand’ desolation, qui deserta quasi
    toute la Lombardie l’an 1541. Ces insectes ont faict
    autresfois des maux infinis en Poloigne, en Afrique,
    en France, en Egypte, en Judee, en Bresse, & ailleurs.
    Ces maudits insectes sont ordinairement amenés par
    Eurus, qui est un vent chaud & oriental. Attila fut
    Roy des Scythes, qui fut desfaict par le Roy de Fran-
    ce, par Aete, Capitaine Rommain, & par Theodoric,
    Roy des Gots, quoy qu’il eust en son armee cinq cents
    mille combattans. En ceste bataille il en demeura
    cent huictante mil hommes sur la place, que des uns,
    que des autres. Xerxes, Roy de Perse, amena contre
    les Grecs, tant par mer que par terre une si grande
    multitude de soldats, qu’on ne les pouvoit nombrer.
    On appelle recoux le second foin qu’on fauche.

    Notes:

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

    2.  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.


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