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Ferè simile ex Theocrito.[1]

Something more or less the same from Theocritus

Alveolis dum mella legit, percussit Amorem
Furacem mala apes, & summis spicula liquit
In digitis: tumido gemit at puer anxius ungue,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K8r f67r]Et quatit errabundus humum: Venerique dolorem
Indicat, & graviter queritur, quòd apicula parvum
Ipsa inferre animal tam noxia vulnera possit.
Cui ridens Venus, Hanc imitaris tu quoque dixit
Nate feram: qui das tot noxia vulnera parvus.

While he was taking honey from the hives, a vicious bee stung thieving Amor, and left its sting in the end of his finger. The boy in distress cried out as his finger-end swelled up. He ran about, stamping his foot, showed his hurt to Venus, and complained bitterly that a little bee, that tiny creature, could inflict such grievous wounds. Venus smiled at him and said, “You are like this creature, my son; small as you are you deal many a grievous wound”.

Das CII.

Fast dergleichen auß dem Theocrito.

Als der Knab dlieb den Immen nam
Das Honig auß dem stock on scham
Stachend in die scharpffen Imlein
Und liessen ire Angeln zu pein
In dem Finger stecken darab
Hefftig schmertzen gewan der Knab
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K8v f67v] Hin und wider unsinnig thandt
Und zeigt an den schmertzen zhandt
Seiner Mutter und klagt sich sehr
Daß die Bin ein so klein Thier wer
Und doch stets mit dem Angel sein:
Verletzen thet und brecht groß pein:
Dem antwort Venus lachend gschwindt
Du thust dergleichen liebes Kindt
Dann du bist klein und machest doch
Ein schedlich wunden und groß loch.


1.  3rd-century BC bucolic poet, who may or may not have wrriten the Idylls (19, The Honey Stealer), of which this is a fairly close translation, in dactylic hexameters, as in the Greek original.

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