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REMEDIA IN ARDUO MALA.
in prono esse.

Remedies are hard, damage is easy

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Aetheriis postquam deiecit sedibus Aten,
Iupiter[1] heu vexat quàm mala noxa viros.
Evolat haec pedibus celer & pernicibus alis,
Intactumque nihil casibus esse sinit.
Ergo litae proles Iovis hanc comitantur euntem,[2]
Sarcturae quicquid fecerit illa mali.
Sed quia segnipedes strabae[3] lassaeque senecta,
Nil nisi post longo tempore restituunt.[4]

Once Jupiter had cast Ate down from the heavenly abode, what an evil bane thereafter assailed poor man! Ate flies out fleet of foot with fast-beating wing and leaves nothing untouched by mishap. So Jove’s daughters, the Litae, accompany her as she goes, to mend whatever ill she has brought about. But they are slow-footed, poor of sight and weary with age, and so they restore nothing until later, after long passage of time.

Notes:

1.  ‘Jupiter had cast Ate down’. See Homer, Iliad 19. 125ff.

2.  ‘the Litae accompany her’. See Homer, Iliad 9.502ff. Ate means ‘Mischief’, Litae, ‘Prayers’. Ate was cast out of Olympus to bring harm to mankind, a personification of humans being led astray. The Litae were a personification of prayers offered in repentance.

3.  Textual variant: luscae.

4.  The woodcut is puzzling. Possibly the monster is supposed to represent Ate; in later editions she appears as a harpy-like figure. The Litae feature, in later editions, as old women. The old man presumably represents the suffering of mankind.


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La Musicque, est en la cure des Dieux.

Eunome mist au Delphic oratoire
Une Cigale, enseigne de victoire.
Car en jouant du Luc, contre Ariston,
Les doitz touchoient: les chordes faisoient ton.
Quand l’une estant rompue, & mal fournie
Ja commençoit à gaster l’harmonie.
Adoncq survint chantant une Cigale,
Qui le de fault [=default] remplit par voix egale.
Et qui au son attraicte, vint des bois,
Pour secourir Eunome de sa voix:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P6v p235] Parquoy luy feit tel honneur souverain,
Que la poser sur ung lac, en erain.[1]

Au temple Delphic d’Apollon, estoit dedié
le simulachre d’ung luc taillé en erain, & une
Cigale dessus, suppliant le default d’une chor
de rompue: par son strident, en memoire de
la victoire de Eunome, contre Ariston au jeu
du luc: auquel la Cigale survenant d’adventu
re avec son chant: qui se trouva d’accord,
au lieu d’une chorde rompue, donna victoire,
non tant estimée fortunale, que fatale par
la providence des Dieux, qui aiment, & hont
cure de la Musicque.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 6.54. See Strabo, Geography 6.1.9 for the story of Eunomus and the statue he set up at his home town of Locri commemorating this incident in the song contest at the Pythian Games (celebrated near Delphi, in honour of Apollo, Artemis and their mother Leto); also Erasmus, Adagia 414, Acanthia Cicada.


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