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Temeritas.

Rashness

Emblema lv.

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit habenas
Auriga, effreni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facilè huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat,
Et temerè proprio ducitur arbitrio.[1]

A driver pulled by a horse whose mouth does not respond to the bridle is rushed headlong and in vain drags on the reins. You cannot readily trust one whom no reason governs, one who is heedlessly taken where his fancy goes.

HAnc similitudinem mutuatus est à Platone, qui
animum nostrum cum auriga, perturbationes
cum equis comparat. Significatur autem nihil ei
committendum esse, qui in proprios affectus nullum
sibi sumit imperium, sed temerè hac & illac fertur
concitatus, non aliter quàm equus, qui sessorem ab-
ripit.

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Temerité.

LE charretier qui bien ne guide
Ses chevaux hargneux, par la bride,
Et les conduire ne scait pas,
Est en danger tomber en bas:
Il ne faut jamais rien commettre
A celuy qui de soy n’est maistre,
Qui ne regle pas sa maison,
Et vit sans rime & sans raison.

IL a emprunté ceste similitude de Platon,
qui compare nostre esprit à un charretier:
les perturbations, aux chevaux. Ainsi est il
montré icy qu’il ne faut rien commettre à
celuy, qui ne peust commander à ses pas-
sions, mais se laisse transporter çà & là, de
maniere que c’est ainsi qu’un cheval qui trai-
ne & tire son conducteur.

Notes:

1.  In general see Plato’s image of the chariot of the soul, Phaedrus, 246, as indicated in the commentary.


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EMBLEMA CXVIII.

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam: multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit: sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

Das CXVIII.

Wider die so reich mit andern scha-
den werden.

Ein jeder der Ael fahen wil
So er die hellen Wasser stil
Fischt, und so er sich understeht
Und in die lautern gruben geht
Der schafft vergebns und sein müh ist
Umb sonst, so er aber mit list
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Vil gmür auff rürt, hat er gut gwinn
Also ist auch die Policei nütz
Die mit vil auffruhr wirt verstürtzt
Denen die sonst im fried und ruh
Darben und haben nicht darzu.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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