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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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    DE MORTE ET AMORE.[1]

    Death and Love

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    Errabat socio mors iuncta cupidine secum,
    Mors pharetras parvus tela gerebat amor.
    Divertere simul, simul una & nocte cubarunt,
    Caecus amor, mors hoc tempore caeca fuit.
    Alter enim alterius, male provida spicula sumpsit,
    Mors aurata, tenet ossea tela puer.
    Debuit inde senex qui nunc acheronticus[2] esse,
    Ecce amat & capiti florea serta parat.
    Ast ego mutato quia amor me perculit arcu,
    Defficio [=Deficio] iniiciunt & mihi fata manum.
    Parce puer, mors signa tenens victricia parce,
    Fac ego amem subeat fac Acheronta senex.

    Death was travelling in company with Cupid. Death was carrying the quivers, little Love the arrows. They turned aside together, and slept beside each other that night. Love was blind, and Death too was blind at this time, for each took the other’s heedless arrows. Death has the golden ones, the boy the ones of bone. As a result, an old man who ought by now to be in the grave is - lo and behold - in love, and gets garlands of flowers for his head. But I, since Love struck me with his substitute bow, I am failing - the Fates lay their hand on me. Boy, show mercy. Death, holding the symbols of your triumph, do you show mercy. Cause me to love; cause the old man to go down to Hades.

    Notes:

    1.  The iconography of the emblems ‘De morte et amore’ and ‘In formosam fato praereptam’ (next emblem) is confused in many editions.

    2.  Acheron was considered to be a river in Hades, but is used to mean the Underworld or the dead in general. Homer described it as a river of Hades, where Odysseus consulted spirits of Underworld (Odyssey 10.513). Vergil (Aeneid 6.297, with the note of Servius) describes it as the principal river of Tartarus, from which the Styx and Cocytus sprang.


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