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EMBLEMA CXXXII.

In detrectatores.[1]

Against his detractors

Audent flagriferi matulae, stupidique magistri
Bilem in me impuri pectoris evomere:
Quid faciam? reddamne vices? sed nonne cicadam
Ala una obstreperam corripuisse[2] ferar?
Quid prodest muscas operosis pellere[3] flabris?
Negligere est satius, perdere quod nequeas.

Those cane-wielding, empty-headed, thick-skulled teachers dare to spew out on me the bile of their foul minds. What am I to do? Return like for like? But surely I would then be said to have seized the dinning cicada by the wing. What is the good of driving flies away with tiresome swipes? It is better to ignore what you cannot get rid of.

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Das CXXXII.

Wider die Verleumbder.[4]

Die Kerffenfeger, drutten Köng
Die tollen losen Meister ring
Understehn in mich zgiessen auß all
Ir unreins Hertzens bitter Gall
Was sol ich machen oder thon?
Sol ichs in gleich vergelten schon?
Würd ich nicht leiden daß mich rürt
Mit eimFlügel die Cicad und irt?
Was hilffts das mit grosser mühe doch
Man dMucken vertreiben thut noch?
Es ist weger du lassest ston
Das du nicht kanst außreuten thon.

Notes:

1.  Other versions read ‘Detractores’.

2.  cicadam / Ala una...corripuisse, ‘to have seized the...cicada by the wing’. See Erasmus, Adagia, 828 (Cicadam ala corripuisti): if you hold a cicada by the wing, it will only chirp more loudly.

3.  muscas...pellere, ‘driving flies away’. See Erasmus, Adagia, 2660 (Muscas depellere): driving flies away is a waste of effort as they simply return.

4.  The German in certain parts of this emblem is particularly puzzling.


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    Pax.

    Peace

    Turrigeris humeris, dentis quoque barrus eburni,
    Qui superare ferox Martia bella solet,
    Supposuit nunc colla iugo, stimulisque subactus,
    Caesareos currus ad pia templa vehit.
    Vel fera cognoscit concordes undique gentes,
    Proiectisque armis munia pacis obit.[1]

    The elephant, with its tower-bearing shoulders and ivory tusk, a beast accustomed to dominate the conflicts of Mars with savage ravings, has now submitted its neck to the yoke: subdued by goads, it draws Caesar’s chariot to the holy temples. Even the beast recognises nations reconciled on every side, and rejecting the weapons of war, it performs the duties of peace.

    Notes:

    1.  This is translated from Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.


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