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EMBLEMA CXCI [=190] .

Nihil reliqui.

Nothing left

Scilicet hoc deerat, post tot mala denique nostris
Locustae ut raperent, quicquid inesset agris.[1]
Vidimus innumeras Euro[2] duce tendere turmas:
Qualia non Atilae, castrave Xerxis erant.[3]
Hae foenum, milium, farra[4] omnia consumpserunt:
Spes & in angusto est, stant nisi vota super.

This was all it needed - that after so many misfortunes, finally locusts should seize whatever was in our fields. We have seen countless squadrons encamped, led by Eurus, hosts such as Attila and Xerxes never had. These creatures have eaten up all hay, millet and barley. There is little scope for hope unless our prayers prevail.

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Das CXCI [=190] .

Alls verthon, nichts ubrigs.

Ich hör wol es hat an dem gfelt
Daß die Heuwschrecken unser Feld
Auffressen und blündertens Land
Nach soviel unglück das wir hand
Erlitten, wir haben gesehn
Das der Ostwind her hat thon wehn
Ein grössern hauffen den ghabt hat
Der Azel oder Xerxes drat
Die haben alles Heuw und dweid
Auffgefressen den Hirsch und das Gtreid
Die hoffnung wir jetzt haben klein
Nichts ubrigs dann das gbet allein.

Notes:

1.  Referring to a plague of locusts in North Italy in 1541/2 (as in the commentary).

2.  Eurus was the wind from the East.

3.  Attila the Hun and Xerxes, King of Persia, were leaders who invaded the Roman Empire and Greece with vast armies in mid fifth century AD and 480 BC respectively. Xerxes’ invasion and Attila’s first invasion both came from the east.

4.  Variant reading: corda, ‘later crops’.


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    ELOQUENTIA FORTITU-
    dine praestantior.[1]

    Eloquence superior to strength

    Arcum leva tenet, rigidam fert dextera clavam,
    Contegit & Nemees corpora nuda leo.
    Herculis haec igitur facies? non convenit illud,
    Quòd vetus & senio tempora cana gerit.
    Quid quod lingua illi levibus traiecta cathenis,
    Quîs fissa facili allicit aure viros.
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E6v]An ne quod Alcyden lingua non robore Galli,
    Praestantem populis iura dedisse ferunt.
    Cedunt arma togae,[2] & quamvis durissima corda,
    Eloquio pollens ad sua vota trahit.

    His left hand holds a bow, his right hand a stout club, the lion of Nemea clothes his bare body. So this is a figure of Hercules. But he is old and his temples grizzled with age - that does not fit. What of the fact that his tongue has light chains passing through it, by which he draws men along with ready ears pierced? The reason is surely that the Gauls say that Alceus’ descendant excelled in eloquence rather than might and gave laws to the nations. - Weapons yield to the arts of peace, and even the hardest of hearts the skilled speaker can lead where he will.

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    1.  This epigram is closely based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.

    2.  Cf. Cicero’s notorious line, Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea linguae, ‘Let weapons yield to the arts of peace, let laurels yield to eloquence’ (quoted in Quintilian, Institutio oratoria 11.1.24).


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