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EMBLEMA XVI.

Ex arduis perpetuum nomen.

Lasting renown won through tribulation

Crediderat Platani ramis sua pignora passer
Et benè: ni[1] saevo visa Dracone forent.
Glutiit hic pullos omnes, miseramque parentem
Saxeus, & tali dignus obire nece,
Haec, nisi mentitur Calchas, monumenta laboris
Sunt longi, cuius fama perennis eat [=erat] .[2]

A sparrow had entrusted her young to the branches of a plane-tree, and all would have been well, if they had not been observed by a merciless snake. This creature devoured all the chicks and the hapless parent too, a stony-hearted beast, turned to stone as it deserved. Unless Calchas speaks falsely, these are the tokens of long toil, the fame of which lasted through all the years.

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Das XVI.

Auß hohen dingen entsteht ein ewi-
ger Nam.

Auff eim hohen Ahornen Baum
Hett sein Nest gmacht mit allem raum
Ein Vögelein, vermeint darein
Sein jungen solten sicher seyn
Solchs also wer geschehen wo
Der Drach nit hett außgespeht do
Welcher die jungen allzugleich
Sampt der Mutter verschlicket leich
Gantz unbarmhertzig als ein Stein hart
Ein solcher todt sey im gespart
Solches gibt uns diesen bescheidt
Das auß langer Müh und arbeit
Ein ewiger Nam entstandt, wie
Calchas uns thut berichten hie.

Notes:

1.  See Homer, Iliad 2.299ff. for this portent which occurred at Aulis, where the Greek fleet was waiting to sail for Troy. Calchas the seer interpreted the eating of the eight chicks and their mother, followed by the death of the snake, as foretelling the nine-year battle for Troy, followed by success.

2.  Corrected from the errata.


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SIGNA FORTIUM.

The mark of the brave

Quae te causa movet volucris saturnia[1] magni,
Ut tumulo insideas ardua Aristomenis[2]?
Hoc moneo quantum inter aves ego robore praesto,
Tantum semideos inter Aristomenes.
Insideant timidae timidorum busta columbae,
Nos aquilae intrepidis signa benigna damus.

Saturnian bird, what cause brings you to stand with uplifted wings on the tomb of mighty Aristomenes? - I tell you this - as I stand out among the birds in power, so does Aristomenes among the sons of gods. Fearful doves may perch on the graves of the fearful. We eagles give signs of favour to the fearless.

Notes:

1.  volucris Saturnia, ‘Saturnian bird’, i.e. the eagle, attendant on Jupiter, son of Saturn.

2.  Aristomenes was a Messenian hero of the seventh century BC, of semi-divine origin, who performed incredible exploits while leading his country for many years in resistance to the Spartans. On one occasion an eagle aided his miraculous escape from captivity.


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