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EMBLEMA CXC [=189] .

Obnoxia infirmitas.

Weakness is vulnerable

Pisciculos Orata [=Aurata] rapit medio aequore sardas,
Ni fugiant pavidae summa marisque petant?
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R4v f119v]Ast ibi sunt mergis fulicisque voracibus esca
Eheu intuta manens undique debilitas.

The little sardines the golden wrasse swallows in the depths of the ocean, unless in fear they flee and make for the surface of the sea. But there they provide a meal for greedy divers and other sea-birds. Alas for weakness, remaining everywhere at risk.

Das CXC [=189] .

Wolgeplagte Armut.

Die Goldbraßmen im mitten Meer
Die Fischlein Sardein engstet sehr
Wann sie nicht fliehen also gschwind
Zu öberst sie gefressen sind
Aber da werdens graubt zur Speiß
Von Breßlin und Merchen on greiß
Ach Gott wie ist die arm schwachheit
An allen orten nider gleidt.


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    IN EUM QUI SIBI IPSI[1]
    damnum apparat.

    One who brings about his own downfall

    Capra lupum non sponte meo nunc ubere lacto,
    Quod male pastoris provida cura iubet.[2]
    Creverit ille simul, mea me[3] post ubera pascet,
    Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[4]

    I am a goat giving suck against my will - to a wolf. The improvident kindness of the shepherd makes me do this. Once the wolf has grown, after feeding at my teats, he will then eat me. Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered.

    Notes:

    1.  Textual variant: ‘ipsi’ omitted.

    2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

    3.  Corrected from the Errata.

    4.  ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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