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EMBLEMA CXXII.

In eum qui truculentia suorum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people.

PROSOPOPEIA

Things given speech.

Delphinem invitum me in littora compulit aestus,
Exemplum infido quanta pericla mari.
Nam si nec propriis Neptunus parcit alumnis,
Quis tutos homines navibus esse putet.[1]

I am a dolphin whom the tide drove ashore against my will, an example showing what great dangers there are in the treacherous sea. For if Neptune does not spare even his own nurslings, who can think that men are safe in ships?

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Das CXXII.

Wider den so auß unbarmhertzigkeit
der seinen verdirbt.

Mich Delphin hat mit gwalt an rand
Die Meeres Wellen gstossen zLand
Bin also ein Exempel und Bild
Der grossen gfar deß Meeres wild
Dann so Neptun selbs nit verschont
Sein eigen Diener drinn bewont
Wer wolt dann glauben das die Leut
In Schiffen darvor weren gfreyt.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 7.216 (two lines omitted).


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DOLUS IN SUOS.[1]

Treachery against one’s own kind.

Emblema. 50.

Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis,
Assueta ad dominos ire redire suos.
Congeneres cernens volitare per aera turmas,
Garrit, in illarum se recipitque gregem,
Praetensa incautas donec sub retia ducat:
Obstrepitant captae, conscia at ipsa silet.
Perfida cognato se sanguine polluit ales,
Officiosa aliis, exitiosa suis.[2]

The well-fed decoy duck with its green-blue wings is trained to go out and return to its masters. When it sees squadrons of its relations flying through the air, it quacks and joins itself to the flock, until it can draw them, off their guard, into the outspread nets. When caught they raise a protesting clamour, but she, knowing what she has done, keeps silence. The treacherous bird defiles itself with related blood, servile to others, deadly to its own kind.

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1.  For this emblem the picturae for Emblems 47 and 50 have been printed one on top of the other. The Iconclass description has been done on the basis of the 1550 edition from which the engravings appear to be derived.

2.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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