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Captivus ob gulam.

Caught by greed


Regnator penus, & mensae corrosor[1] herilis
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Queis teneram apponens barbam falsa ossa momordit,
Illa recluserunt[2] tacta repente domum.
Deprensum & tetro tenuerunt carcere furem,
Semet in obscurum qui dederat tumulum.[3]

A mouse, king of the pantry, nibbler at the master’s table, saw oysters with their shells just slightly open. Applying his sensitive whiskers, he nibbled the deceptive bone. The oysters, when touched, suddenly slammed shut their house and held the thief, caught red-handed, in a noisome prison, a thief who had put himself into a lightless tomb.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N1r p193]

Gefangen umb den fraß.


Ein schleckhafft und gefraeßig mauß
Ein merschneck in der kuche ersach,
Der halb geoeffnet het sein hauß,
Darein stieß sy ir maul mit gach,
Das yr der schneck knischt und zerbrach,
Wie er sich einzoch und beschloß:
Mancher kumbt noch in ungemach,
Der alles fraß wil sein genoß.


1.  Textual variant: ‘Regnatorque penus, mensaeque arrosor’.

2.  Textual variant: ‘Ast ea clauserunt’.

3.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.

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