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EMBLEMA CLXXXIII [=182] .

Malè parta malè dilabuntur.[1]

Ill gotten, ill spent

Miluus edax[2] nimiae quem nausea torserat esce,
Hei mihi mater ait, viscera ab ore fluunt.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q8r f115r]Illa autem: quid fles? cur haec tua viscera credas,
Qui rapto vivens sola aliena vomis?

A voracious kite, which had eaten too much, was racked with vomiting. ‘O dear, mother’, it said, ‘entrails are pouring out of my mouth.’ She however replied: ‘What are you crying about? Why do you think these are your entrails? You live by plunder and vomit only what belongs to others.’

Das CLXXXIII [=182] .

Ubel gewunnen ubel verthan.

Ein fressiger Weyh auff ein zeit
Wider gab das er vor mit geit
Eingewirckt hett, sprach: Mutter mein
All mein inners wil hrauß mit pein.
Die Mutter sprach: Was weinstu sehr?
Woltst wehn das diß dein ingweid wer?
Das du mit der Speiß heraus gülffst
Der du dich nur deß Raubs behilffst.

Notes:

1.  The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

2.  ‘A voracious kite’. The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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    VESPERTILIO.

    The bat

    Emblema. 61.

    Assumpsisse suum volucri ex Mineide nomen,[1]
    Socraticum autores Chaeroophonta ferunt.[2]
    Fusca viro facies, & stridens vocula, tali
    Hunc hominem potuit commaculare nota.

    Writers tell us that Chaerephon, Socrates’ follower, got his particular name from the winged daughter of Minyas. It was his sallow complexion and squeaky little voice that gave rise to such a slur to sully his reputation.

    Notes:

    1.  For the transformation of the daughters of Minyas (the founder of the earliest race of Greeks) into bats - for refusing to worship Dionysus - see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.389ff.

    2.  Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.


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