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Nihil reliqui.

Nothing left

EMBLEMA CXXVII.

Scilicet hoc deerat post tot mala, denique nostris
Locustae ut raperent quicquid inesset agris.[1]
Vidimus innumeras Euro[2] duce tendere turmas,
Qualia non Atylae, 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.

Notes:

1.  Referring to a plague of locusts in North Italy in 1541/2.

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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Parvam culinam duobus ganeonibus
non sufficere.

A small kitchen will not satisfy two gluttons

In modicis nihil est quòd quis lucretur, & unum
Arbustum geminos non alit Eirythacos.[1]
ALIUD,
In tenui spes nulla lucri est, unoque residunt
Arbusto geminae non bene Ficedulae.

No one can make anything out of small resources. One clump of trees does not feed two robins.
Other.
There is no hope of gain where means are small. Two flycatchers (lit. fig-peckers) don’t lodge well in one clump of trees.

Notes:

1.  ‘One clump of trees does not feed two robins’. For this proverb, see Apostolius, Proverbs 11.68, where it is said to refer to ‘those who try to turn something small into a source of profit’.


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