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Iusta ultio.

Just revenge

Emblema clxxii.

Raptabat volucres captum pede corvus in auras
Scorpion, audaci praemia parta gulae.
Ast ille infuso sensim per membra veneno,
aptorem in Stygias compulit ultor aquas.
O risu res digna! aliis qui fata parabat,
Ipse perit, propriis succubuítque dolis.[1]

A raven was carrying off into the flying winds a scorpion gripped in its talons, a prize won for its audacious gullet. But the scorpion, injecting its poison drop by drop through the raven’s limbs, despatched the predator to the waters of the Styx and so took its revenge. - What a laughable thing! The one who was preparing death for others himself perishes and has succumbed to his own wiles.

SImile apud Aesopum de corvo cibum quaeritáte,
convertitur in id quod vulgò dici solet, captores
capi, raptores etiam à raptoribus abripi & illaquea-
ri: ut cùm à veneficis falsarii, calumniatores, & id
genus alii tolluntur de medio, vel etiam latrones
à praedonibus spoliantur.

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Vengeance à bon droit pratiquee.

LE corbeau ravisseur avoit prins pour sa proye
Un petit Scorpion: mais en n’y pensant point,
Il sent son ennemy qui l’attaque & le point.
Emprisonné qu’il est, si bien & beau essaye
L’oultrager dans le corps qu’il le rend roide mort.[2]
Cela n’est il pas bien digne de mocquerie?
“Celuy qui estoit plein de fraude & tromperie,
“Luy mesme s’est donné la cause de sa mort.

LE semblable est dans les fables d’Esope,
du corbeau cherchant sa pasture, ce que
se rapporte au dire commun, Les preneurs sont
prins
: & les ravisseurs sont aussi arrestez aux
laqs d’aussi fins qu’eux: comme quand des
faulsaires sont happez & despechez par des
empoisonneurs, calomniateurs, & autres sem-
blables manieres de gens: ou quand les bri-
gans sont desvalisez par les volleurs.

Notes:

1.  This is a fairly free translation of Anthologia graeca 9.339. See Erasmus, Adagia 58, Cornix scorpium, where the Greek epigram is again translated.

2.  Corrected from the Errata


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In eum qui truculentia suorum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people.

LXXV.

Delphinem invitum me in littora compulit aestus,
Exemplum infido quanta pericla mari.
Nam si nec propriis Neptunus parcit alumnis,
Quis tutos homines navibus esse putet?[1]

I am a dolphin whom the tide drove ashore against my will, an example showing what great dangers there are in the treacherous sea. For if Neptune does not spare even his own nurslings, who can think that men are safe in ships?

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Ungluck von den seinen.

LXXV.

Ich Delphin in dem mêer gepornn,
Erzogen, und vil jar ernert,
Bin doch zu loetzt durch wassers zorn
Geschlagen her auff drucken erd,
Erbermklich tod: woelchs billich lert,
Was auff dem mêer fur ungluck sind,
Den menschen es vil ehe versert,
So es nit schont seimm aygen kind.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 7.216 (two lines omitted).


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