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Inanis impetus.

Antagonism that achieves nothing

EMBLEMA CLXIV.

Lunarem noctu, ut speculum,[1] canis inspicit orbem:
Seque videns, alium credit inesse canem,[2]
Et latrat: sed frustrą agitur vox irrita ventis,
Et peragit cursus surda Diana suos.[3]

A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is another dog there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

Notes:

1.  For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

2.  Variant reading, altum credit inesse canem, ‘thinks there is a dog up there’.

3.  Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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Effort faict en vain.[1]

Le chien veult prendre en nuyct la lune aulx dents,
Car d’aultres chiens cuyde estre la dedans.
En vain abaye: & jecte aulx vents voix lourde:
Car son cours faict tousjours Diane sourde.[2]

Comme les chiens en vain jappent, ą la lune: laquel-
le ilz ne sauroyent mordre: Ainsi les detracteurs, en-
vieux comme chiens, en vain mesdisent d’ung grand
personnage: auquel ilz ne sauroient nuyre, mais sans
les ouir, poursuit tousjours le cours de ses vertus.

Notes:

1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.  Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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