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EMBLEMA CXVI.

In eum qui sibi ipsi damnum
apparat.

One who brings about his own downfall

Capra lupum non sponte meo nunc ubere lacto,
Quòd malè pastoris provida cura iubet.[1]
Creverit ille simul, mea me post ubera pascet.
Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[2]

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.

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Das CXVI.

Wider den der im selbst ein schaden
bereit.

Ich arme Geiß muß wider mein willn
Ein jungen Wolff mit meiner Milch fülln
Also wil es der Hirt nur han
Denckt nit was schadn drauß werd entstan
Dann so er wirt auffwachsen zgleich
Wirt er mich zlon thon fressen leich
Dann boßheit kan mit keinr gutthat
Werden gwendt, gfült, gsettigt und sat.

Notes:

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

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


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Contre les fraudulens.

Le Stellion[1] ha mainte noire goutte
Petit Lezard, qui dens les creux se boutte,
D’envie, & dol porte marques infames,
Las trop cogneu par les jalouses femmes:
Car qui vin boit ou estaindre l’on face
Un Stellion: lentileuse ha la face.
Ainsi par vin la beaulté effacée
La vengence est de L’amie laissée.

Nature ha mis apparentes enseignes du mal, es
bestes dangereuses, affin de s’en garder. Comme
au Stellion, petites marques & taches rousses es
parses comme estoilles, Lesquelles viennent au
visage de ceulx, & celles, qui ont beu vin ou soit
mort un Stellion. Et ainsi par telle fraude soubz
couleur de donner collation, Les jalouses fem-
mes deforment les beaulx visages de celles à qui
elles portent envie.

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1.  Latin equivalent of stellio, ‘the starred gecko’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 5.461 for the explanation of the name stellio.


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