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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R3r p261]

Temeritas.

Rashness

EMBLEMA LV.

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit habenas
Auriga, effraeni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facilè huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat,
Et temerè proprio ducitur arbitrio.[1]

A driver pulled by a horse whose mouth does not respond to the bridle is rushed headlong and in vain drags on the reins. You cannot readily trust one whom no reason governs, one who is heedlessly taken where his fancy goes.

Notes:

1.  In general see Plato’s image of the chariot of the soul, Phaedrus, 246, as indicated in some commentaries.


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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E4v p72]

In eum qui sibi ipsi[1] damnum
apparat.

One who brings about his own downfall.

Capra lupum non sponte, meo nunc ubere lacto,
Quòd malè pastoris provida cura iubet.[2]
Creverit ille simul, mea me post ubera pascet.
Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[3]

I am a goat giving suck against my will - to a wolf. The improvident kindness of the shepherd makes me do this. Once the wolf has grown, after feeding at my teats, he will then eat me. Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: ‘ipsi’ omitted.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

3.  ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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