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PAREM DELINQUENTIS, ET
suasoris culpam esse.

The one who urges wrongdoing is as guilty as the one who does the wrong

Emblema 172.

Praeconem lituo perflantem classica victrix
Captivum in tetro carcere turma tenet.
Queis ille excusat, quod nec sit strenuus armis,
Ullius aut saevo laeserit ense latus.
Huic illi: Quin ipse magis timidissime peccas,
Qui clangore alios aeris in arma cies.[1]

The victorious troop holds captive in a foul dungeon a herald, who sounds military commands on his trumpet. To them he makes his excuses - he is no strong fighting man and has wounded no one’s side with a cruel sword. They reply: You abject coward, you are in fact more guilty, for you with the sound of your trumpet stir up others to fight.

Notes:

1.  This is a version of Aesop, Fables 325.


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Vengence Juste.

Exclamation.

Le noir corbeau pour manger avoit pris
Ung Scorpion, de sa gueulle le pris.
Luy se vengeant, par venin espandu,
Son ravisseur soudain mort ha rendu.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O5r p217] O cas pour rire: A aultruy qui mort dresse
Luy mesme il meurt, & chet soubz sa finesse.[1]

Quand ung mauvais se prent à ung aultre
plus mauvais, il se destruict soy mesme, com
me un bateur, à ung meurtrier, ung larron,
à ung brigand, ung joueur, à ung pipeur,
ung faulsaire à ung empoisonneur, ung
usurier, à ung bancquerotier, ung fin, à
ung plus fin, ung trompeur, à ung trompeur &
demy. Le corbeau est male beste, ung Scor
pion pire, qui tue de sa queuë veneneuse.

Notes:

1.  This is a fairly free translation of Anthologia graeca 9.339. See Erasmus, Adagia 58, Cornix scorpium, where the Greek epigram is again translated.


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