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Ex arduis perpetuum nomen.

Lasting renown won through tribulation

Emblema cxxxi.

Crediderat platani ramis sua pignora passer,
Et bene, ni saevo visa dracone forent.
Glutiit hic pullos omnes, miserámque parentem
Saxeus, & tali dignus obire nece.
Haec, nisi mentitur Calchas, monumenta 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.

HOmerus Iliadis β. hanc fabulam prodidit qua
docuit, ex rebus arduis, & iis in quibus maxi-
ma difficultas proponitur, perpetuam & nunquam
intermorituram famam consequi.

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Des hautes entreprinses, renom
perpetuel.

LE Moineau avoit faict son nid commodément
Sur un arbre bien haut, & assez seurement
Ses petits, neuf en nombre, avoit en sauvegarde
Hebergez en ce lieu: mais un serpent regarde
Ce mesnage d’oiseau, que tous il engloutit
Avec la mere mesme, en saoulant l’appetit,
Et puis pierre devint, de telle mort tresdigne.
“C’est qu’un faict ne se rend memorable & insigne
Sans beaucoup travailler, & prend assez long cours,
Mais son renom aussi durera pour tousjours.

HOmere a rapporté ceste fiction au se-
cond de l’Iliade, par laquelle il ensei-
gne que des choses grandes, & qui sont de
difficile entreprinse, sort une renommee per-
petuelle, & qui jamais ne meurt.

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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ELOQUENTIA FORTITU-
dine praestantior.[1]

Eloquence superior to strength

Arcum leva tenet, rigidam fert dextera clavam,
Contegit & Nemees corpora nuda leo.
Herculis haec igitur facies? non convenit illud,
Quòd vetus & senio tempora cana gerit.
Quid quod lingua illi levibus traiecta cathenis,
Quîs fissa facili allicit aure viros.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E6v]An ne quod Alcyden lingua non robore Galli,
Praestantem populis iura dedisse ferunt.
Cedunt arma togae,[2] & quamvis durissima corda,
Eloquio pollens ad sua vota trahit.

His left hand holds a bow, his right hand a stout club, the lion of Nemea clothes his bare body. So this is a figure of Hercules. But he is old and his temples grizzled with age - that does not fit. What of the fact that his tongue has light chains passing through it, by which he draws men along with ready ears pierced? The reason is surely that the Gauls say that Alceus’ descendant excelled in eloquence rather than might and gave laws to the nations. - Weapons yield to the arts of peace, and even the hardest of hearts the skilled speaker can lead where he will.

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1.  This epigram is closely based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.

2.  Cf. Cicero’s notorious line, Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea linguae, ‘Let weapons yield to the arts of peace, let laurels yield to eloquence’ (quoted in Quintilian, Institutio oratoria 11.1.24).


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