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Ex arduis perpetuum nomen.

Lasting renown won through tribulation

EMBLEMA CXXXI.

Crediderat platani ramis sua pignora passer,
Et benè, ni saevo visa dracone forent.
Glutiit hic pullos omnes, miseramque parentem
Saxeus, & tali dignus obire nece.
Haec nisi mentitur Calchas, monimenta laboris
Sunt longi, cuius fama perennis eat.[1]

A sparrow had entrusted her young to the branches of a plane-tree, and all would have been well, if they had not been observed by a merciless snake. This creature devoured all the chicks and the hapless parent too, a stony-hearted beast, turned to stone as it deserved. Unless Calchas speaks falsely, these are the tokens of long toil, the fame of which will go on through all the years.

Notes:

1.  See Homer, Iliad 2.299ff. for this portent which occurred at Aulis, where the Greek fleet was waiting to sail for Troy. Calchas the seer interpreted the eating of the eight chicks and their mother, followed by the death of the snake, as foretelling the nine-year battle for Troy, followed by success.


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Ex literarum studiis immortali-
tatem acquiri.

Immortality won through literary pursuits

Emblema cxxxii.

Neptuni tubicen (cuius pars ultima cetum
Aequoreum facies indicat esse Deum)
Serpentis medio Triton comprenditur orbe,
Qui caudam inserto mordicus ore tenet.
Fama viros animo insignes, praeclaráque gesta
Prosequitur, toto mandat & orbe legi.[1]

Triton, Neptune’s trumpeter, whose tail shows him as a sea-monster, his face as a god of the sea, is surrounded by an encircling snake which bites on its own tail, gripped fast in its mouth. Fame follows after men of outstanding intellect and their noble achievements, and bids them be read throughout all the world.

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ID petitum è Macrobio Saturnaliorum I. cap. 8.
Tritonas cum buccinis, ait fastigio Saturni aedis
superpositos, quoniam ab eius commemoratione
ad nostram aetatem historia elata, & quasi vocalis
est: antè verò muta & obscura & incognita: quod
testantur caudae Tritonum humi mersae & abscon-
ditae. Haec ille. Sed hic noster ad memoriam nun-
quam intermorituram doctorum virorum retulit.
Tuba, famae & comendationis nota, ut quae ab om-
nibus exaudiatur: serpens in se revolutus aeter-
nitatem designat.

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Que des bonnes lettres s’acquiert
immortalité.

LA trompette à Neptun à un Dieu marin semble
Par la face d’enhaut, & par le bas ressemble
A un poisson marin: on le nomme Triton,
Dans le rond d’un serpent (ainsi le descrit-on[2])
Lequel sa queuë mord: monstrant la renommee
Qui suit les gens d’honneur: la memoire imprimee
De la vertu & los, qui s’espanche par tout
Les cantons de la terre, & d’un à autre bout.

CEcy est tiré de Macrobe livre 1. des Sa-
turnales, chap. 8. Il dit que les Tri-
tons
avec leurs trompettes furent mis au
haut du temple de Saturne, parce que de la
memoire de luy jusques à nostre aage l’hi-
stoire a esté commancee, & faicte comme
parlante, qui au paravant estoit muette, ob-
scure, & incongneuë: ce qui est monstré par
les queuës des Tritons qui sont cachees &
couvertes dans terre. C’est ce que dit Ma-
crobe. Mais nostre autheur a rapporté cecy
au bruit & reputation des personnages do-
ctes qui ne se meurt jamais. La trompette,
est une marque de renommee & louange,
d’autant qu’elle est de tous ouïe: le serpent
en rond, signifie eternité.

Notes:

1.  The trumpet represents fame, the encircling serpent eternity.

2.  Corrected from the Errata


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