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Another on the bat.

Vespere quae tantm volitat, quae lumine lusca est,
Quae cm alas gestet, caetera muris habet,
Ad res diversas trahitur. mala nomina primm
Signat: quae latitant iudiciumque timent.
Inde & philosophos, qui dum coelestia quaerunt,
Caligant oculis, falsaque sola vident.
Tandem & versutos, cm clm sectentur utrumque,
Acquirunt neutra qui sibi parte fidem.

The creature that flies only in the evening, that has poor sight, that is endowed with wings, but has other features belonging to a mouse, is used to represent various things. First it indicates persons of bad standing who lie low and fear being called to account. Next philosophers, who, while they search the heavens, develop blurred vision and only see what is false. Lastly, wily men, who secretly court both parties, but do not win trust on either side.


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