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A MINIMIS QUOQUE
timendum.

Beware of even the weakest foe

Bella gerit scarabaeus & hostem provocat ultro,
Robore & inferior consilio superat.
Nam plumis aquilae clam se neque cognitus abdit,
Hostilem ut nidum summa per astra petat.
Quaqua [=Ovaque] confodiens prohibet spem crescere prolis,
Hocque modo illatum dedecus ultus abit.[1]

The scarab beetle is waging war and takes the challenge to its foe. Though inferior in physical strength, it is superior in strategy. It hides itself secretly in the eagle’s feathers without being felt, in order to attack its enemy’s nest across the lofty skies. It bores into the eggs and prevents the hoped-for offspring from developing. And then it departs, having thus avenged the insult inflicted on it.

Notes:

1. For the feud between the eagle and the beetle, see Aesop, Fables 4; Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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EMBLEMA X.

In Senatum boni principis.

On the senate of a good prince

DIALOGISMUS

A Dialogue.

Effigies manibus truncae ante altaria divm
Hic resident, quarum lumine capta prior.
Signa potestatis summae, sanctique Senatus
Thebanis fuerant ista reperta viris.[1]
Cur resident? Quia mente graves decet esse quieta
Iuridicos, animo nec variare levi
Cur sine sunt manibus? Capiant ne xenia, nec se
Pollicitis flecti muneribusque sinant.
Caecus at est princeps, qud solis auribus absque
Affectu, constans iussa senatus agit.

Figures without hands sit here before the altars of the gods. The chief of them is deprived of sight. These symbols of the supreme power and of the reverend senate were discovered by men of Thebes. - Why do they sit? - Because lawgivers should be serious, of a calm mind, and not change with inconstant thoughts. - Why have they no hands? - So that they may not take gifts, nor let themselves be influenced by promises or bribes. But the president is blind, because the Senate, by hearing alone, uninfluenced by feeling, impartially discharges what it is bidden to do.

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Das X.

Beschreibung eines Frsten lbliche
Rht.

Hie sitzn vor der Gtter altar
Bilder die haben kein Hand zwar
Der berst aber under in
Der ist beraubt der augen sin
Di haben von Theb die weisse Mann
Erdacht, damit zu zeigen an
De bersten Rahts hchst gewalt
Und Herrschafft wie die seyn soll gstalt
Warumb sitzen sie aber all
Darumb das jeder Richter sal
Tapffer seyn und von Hertzen deicht
Und sich nicht lassen bewegen leicht
Warumb haben sie dann kein Handt?
Das sie nit nemmen gab und Pfandt
Und das sie mit geschenck und miet
Sich lien biegen und wenden nit
Der berst aber der ist blindt
Das er allein soll hren gschwindt
Und unansehung der Person
Das urtheil thu vollstrecken schon.

Notes:

1. This is Thebes in Egypt. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 10; also Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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