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Contra los que se rebelan.

SEMIOTTAVA.

En rebelar de lo que bien hiziste
Dando mal fin à lo bien començado,
Como la cabra que trastorna fuiste,
El tarro de su leche cogolmado.


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    Aemulatio impar.

    Competing on unequal terms

    Altivolam miluus comitatur degener harpam,[1]
    Et praede partem saepe cadentis habet.
    Mullum prosequitur qui spretas sargus ab illo,[2]
    Praeteritasque avidus devorat ore dapes.
    Sic mecum Oenocrates agit: at deserta studentum
    Utitur hoc lippo curia tanquam oculo.[3]

    An ignoble kite accompanies the soaring hawk and often gets a piece of the prey as it falls. The sargus follows the mudfish and greedily devours the food that it scorns and passes by. Oenocrates behaves like this with me - but the lecture-hall I’ve abandoned treats him like a runny eye.

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    1.  For the association of the kite and the hawk see Aristotle, Historia animalium, 9.1.609.

    2.  For the sargus see Emblem 75 ([A50a075]). For its habit of following the lutarius (the mudfish) and eating the food it disturbs as it burrows in the mud, see Pliny, Natural History, 9.30.65; Erasmus, Parabolae, p. 253.

    3.  lippo...tamquam oculo, ‘like a runny eye’, a proverbial expression. See Erasmus, Adagia, 4100 (Lippo oculo similis): a runny eye is something you would prefer to be rid of, but while you have it you cannot leave it alone; similarly there are people you do not like, but you find yourself obliged to make use of them.


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