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Iusta vindicta.

Just recompense

Embleme clxxi.

Dum residet Cyclops sinuosi in faucibus antri,
Haec secum teneras concinit inter oves.
Pascite vos herbas. sociis ego pascar Achivis,
Postremumque Utin viscera nostra ferent.
Audiit haec Ithacus, Cyclopaque lumine cassum
Reddidit. en poenas ut suus auctor habet[1]![2]

Sitting in the mouth of his arching cave, the Cyclops sang thus to himself amidst his gentle sheep: Do you feed on grass; I shall feed on the Greek companions, and last of all my belly shall get No-man. The man from Ithaca heard this and made the Cyclops eyeless. See how the one who plotted misfortune collects it himself!

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EX sacris literis didicimus, eum in periculum in-
cidere qui alteri periculum machinetur. Ex hoc
ver emblemate intelligimus magnum in populo ap-
plausum fieri, cm scelesti illi Reipublicae voratores, &
tyranni nefandissimi pereunt, aut in gravem discri-
men incidunt: quo tempore maxim neminem ha-
bent quo subleventur, sed plures quibus ridean-
tur. Historiam hanc petas licet ab Homero Odyssea 9.[3]

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Juste vengeance.

LE geant Polypheme estant sur son rocher,
Comme voulant parler ses troupeaux & bestes,
Disoit ceste chanson: Petites brebiettes,
Paissez l’herbe bien drue, & moy j’auray la chair
Des Grecs mes prisonniers, & mettray dans ma panse
Utis tout le dernier, ce qu’estant entendu
Par le caut Ulysses, aveugle il l’a rendu.
“Ainsi tombe le mal sur celuy qui mal pense.

NOus avon apprins des lettres sainctes,
que celuy tombe en danger qui au-
truy procure mal. Mais de cest embleme
nous comprenons, que tout le peuple est
plein de resjouissance quand ces grands man-
geurs de peuples & cruels tyrans meurent,
ou tombent en quelque grand malheur: car
lors ils n’ont personne qui les soulage, mais
au contraire n’y a celuy qui ne s’en moque.
Le narr de cest embleme est dans Home-
re
au 9. de l’Odyssee.

Notes:

1. A proverbial sentiment: cf. Erasmus, Adagia 3091, Di tibi dent tuam mentem.

2. For the story of Ulysses (the man from Ithaca) in the Cyclops’ cave and his escape by blinding the Cyclops, see Homer, Odyssey 9.177 ff. Ulysses had told the Cyclops his name was No-man. (Utis l. 4).

3. Corrected from the Errata


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Vengence Juste.

Exclamation.

Le noir corbeau pour manger avoit pris
Ung Scorpion, de sa gueulle le pris.
Luy se vengeant, par venin espandu,
Son ravisseur soudain mort ha rendu.
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Luy mesme il meurt, & chet soubz sa finesse.[1]

Quand ung mauvais se prent ung aultre
plus mauvais, il se destruict soy mesme, com
me un bateur, ung meurtrier, ung larron,
ung brigand, ung joueur, ung pipeur,
ung faulsaire ung empoisonneur, ung
usurier, ung bancquerotier, ung fin,
ung plus fin, ung trompeur, ung trompeur &
demy. Le corbeau est male beste, ung Scor
pion pire, qui tue de sa queu veneneuse.

Notes:

1. This is a fairly free translation of Anthologia graeca 9.339. See Erasmus, Adagia 58, Cornix scorpium, where the Greek epigram is again translated.


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