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EMBLEMA XXIII.

Foedera.

Alliances.

Hanc citharam, à Lembi quae forma halieutica[1] fertur
Vendicat & propriam Musa latina sibi.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [D6r f17r] Accipe Dux, placeat nostrum hoc tibi tempore munus
Quo nova cum sociis foedera inire paras.
Difficile est, nisi docto homini, tot tendere chordas:
Unaque si fuerit non benè tenta[2] fides:
Ruptave (quod facilè est) perit omnis gratia conchae
Illeque praecellens cantus ineptus erit.
Sic Itali coeunt proceres in foedera, concors
Nil est quod timeas, si tibi constet amor.
At si aliquis desciscat (ut plerunque videmus)
In nihilum illa omnis solvitur Harmonia.

This lute, which from its boat shape is called “halieutica”, my Latin Muse now claims for her own service. Receive it, O Duke. May this offering of mine be pleasing to you at this moment when you are preparing to enter into fresh agreements with your allies. It is difficult, except for a man of skill, to tune so many strings, and if one string is out of tune or broken, which so easily happens, all the music of the instrument is lost and its lovely song disjointed. In like manner the leaders of Italy are now forming alliances. There is nothing for you to fear if affection lasts for you and stays in concord. But if any one should slide away, which we often see, that harmony is all dissolved into nothing.

Das XXIII.

Verbündtnuß.

Diß Laut so hat eins Schiffleins gstalt
Das dFischer brauchen manigfalt
Welche die Studenten so glehrt
Für eigen halten on gewehrt
Schick euwr Fürstlich gnad ich zum gschenck
Dieweil die ein neuwen bundt anfengt
Mit andern Fürsten Welsches Lands
Bitt wolt solchs zgnaden annemmen zhand
Gleich wie vil Seiten recht richten zwar
Braucht grosse kunst klugheit für war
Dann so eine nit zogen recht
Oder abspringend glat auß schlecht
Wie es sich dann leichtlich zutregt
So ist alsdann all freudt erschreckt
Und endt sich die süß Melodey
In ein mißlautend unlieblich geschrey
Also die Welschen Fürsten zmal
Machen ein Bundt jetzund mit schal
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [D6v f17v] So einigkeit, lieb, glaub und treuw
Gehalten wirt bringt es kein reuw
So aber einer abfelt und weicht
(Wie dann leyder daselb gschicht leicht)
So nimpt ein end solch einigkeit
Und wirt auß aller freud ein leidt.

Notes:

1.  A Greek word meaning ‘fishing’ (boat).

2.  The errata suggest ‘tensa’, but this is not supported from readings elsewhere.


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CONSILIO ET VIRTUTE CHI-
meram
superari id est fortiores
& deceptores.

Wisdom and courage defeat Chimaera (i.e. the powerful and deceivers).

Bellerophon ut fortis eques superare chimeram[M]
Et licii potuit sternere monstra soli.[1]
Sic tu pegasei vectus petis aethera pennis,
Consilioque animi[2] monstra superba domas.

Bellerophon, that bold horseman, was able to overcome the Chimaera and lay low the monsters of the Lycian land. You likewise, borne on wings of Pegasus, seek the high heavens and, by the counsel of reason, tame proud monsters.

[Marginalia - link to text]Vide Fulgentium in Mithalogiis lib. 3. in principio.

Notes:

1.  The King of Lycia imposed on Bellerophon, among other tasks, that of killing the Chimaera, a fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head, serpent’s tail and goat’s body. He achieved this last with the aid of the winged horse Pegasus, which Athena, goddess of wisdom, helped him to catch.

2.  ‘by the counsel of reason’. The name Bellerophon was interpreted by some as ‘bringer of counsel’. The Chimaera symbolised various uncontrolled passions.


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