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EMBLEMA CLXXX [=179] ..

Vespertilio.

The bat.

Vespere quae tantum volitat, quae lumine lusca est,
Quae cum alias [=alas] gestet, caetera muris habet.
Ad res diversas trahitur, mala nomina primum
Signat: quae latitant, iudiciumque timent.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q6v f113v]Inde & philosophos, qui dum coelestia quaerunt,
Calligant oculis, falsaque sola vident.
Tandem & versutos, cùm clàm sectentur utrunque,
Acquirunt neutra qui sibi parte fidat [=fidem] .

The creature that flies only in the evening, that has poor sight, that is endowed with wings, but has other features belonging to a mouse, is used to represent various things. First it indicates persons of bad standing who lie low and fear being called to account. Next philosophers, who, while they search the heavens, develop blurred vision and only see what is false. Lastly, wily men, who secretly court both parties, but do not win trust on either side.

Das CLXXX [=179] .

Fledermauß.

Die Speckmauß so hat ein blöd gsicht
Und nur umb den abent hrumb sticht
Ist ein Vogel das dFlügel hat
Das ander als einr Mauß zustat
Zu vilen dingen sie braucht wirt
Erstlich den der ein böß gschrey führt
Bedeut, und der verbergen thut
Sich, und fürcht deß Richters Zuchtrut
Darnach auch die Weltweisen gschmitzt
Die Himmlisch ding zerforschn seind gspitzt
Und strauchlen mit irem Gsicht doch
Sehen nicht dann was arg ist noch
Darzu zeigts an auch listig Leut
Die heimlich sich auff beyde seit
Halten, und kriegen doch zu sold
Das in kein theil trauwt, und ist hold.


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    IN EOS QUI SUPRA VIRES
    quicquam audent.

    Those who venture on what is beyond their powers.

    Emblema 58.

    Dum dormit, dulci recreat dum corpora somno
    Sub picea, & clavam, caeteraque arma tenet.
    Alciden Pygmaea manus[1] prosternere letho
    Posse putat, vires non bene docta suas.
    Excitus ipse, velut pulices, sic proterit hostem,
    Et saevi implicitum pelle leonis[2] agit.

    While Alceus’ descendant was sleeping, while he was refreshing his body with gentle slumber, beneath a spruce tree, keeping hold of his club and other weapons, a band of pygmies thought they could lay him low in death, not really grasping the limit of their powers. But he, waking up, crushed the foe like fleas, and carried them off, wrapped up in the fierce lion’s skin.

    Notes:

    1.  Hercules’ confrontation with the pygmies is described by Philostratus, Eikones 2.22.

    2.  ‘the fierce lion’s skin’, the skin of the Nemean lion which Hercules always wore after slaying the beast. (See [A15a136], notes; [A15a179]).


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