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EMBLEMA CXXXVIII.

Furor & rabies.

Fury and madness

Ora gerit clypeus rabiosi picta leonis,
Et scriptum in summo margine carmen habet.
Hic hominum est terror, cuius possessor Atrida
Talia magnanimus signa Agamemno tulit.[1]

The shield bears the painted face of a raging lion, and inscribed upon the upper margin has a verse: ‘This is the terror of men, and the son of Atreus is its possessor’. Haughty Agamemnon bore this symbolic figure.

Das CXXXVIII.

Toben und wüten.

An dem schilt steht künstlich gemalt
Eins grausamen Löwens gestalt
An dem rand herumb aber man
Findet gschriben diesn Reymen stan
Dieser ist ein schrecken der Leut
Den tregt Atrides an der heut
Ein solch Wappen geführet hat
Der küne Agamemnon drat.

Notes:

1.  This poem is based on Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.19.4. For the ‘raging lion’. Cf. Emblem 142, ‘Ira’ ([A67a142]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.


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    Adversus naturam peccantes.[1]

    Those sinning against nature.

    Turpe quidem factu, sed & est res improba dictu,[2]
    Excipiat si quis choenice ventris onus.
    Mensuram legisque modum hoc excedere sanctae est,
    Quale sit incesto pollui adulterio.[3]

    It is certainly foul as a deed but also a wicked thing to speak of, if someone were to empty the burden of his bowels into a bushel-box. This means exceeding the measure and limit of divine law as it would be defiled by impure adultery.

    Notes:

    1.  With thanks to the commentary supplied on the Memorial website.

    2.  In the 1621 version, factu and dictu are swapped round.

    3.  This emblem is omitted in most editions.


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