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Qui alta contemplantur cadere.

Those who contemplate the heights come to grief

LXXXIII.

Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,
Et iacta altivolam figit harundo gruem,
Dipsada non prudens auceps pede perculit: ultrix
Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore iacit.
Sic obit, extento qui sydera respicit arcu,
Securus fati quod iacet ante pedes.[1]

While he tricks thrushes with bird-lime, larks with snares, while his speeding shaft pierces the high-flying crane, the careless bird-hunter steps on a snake; avenging the injury, it spits the darting venom from its jaws. So he dies, a man who gazes at the stars with bow at the ready, oblivious of the mishap lying before his feet.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3r p181]

Qui hault regarde, peult tumber.

LXXXIII.

L’oiseleur aux latz travaillant,
Au gluz, & l’arc, pour oyseaux prendre
Estoit contre le ciel veillant:
Si marcha sur le serpent tendre:
Lors tost morsure luy sceut rendre.
Ainsi l’arc en hault bandé meurt.
Et tel veult haulx cas entreprendre,
Qui devant soy, a l’extreme heurt.

Notes:

1.  See Anthologia graeca 7.172 and Aesop, Fables 137.


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EMBLEMA CIIII.

ἀντέρως, id est, amor virtutis. GREEK

Anteros, that is, love of virtue

Διαλογιστικῶς

In dialogue form.

Dic ubi sunt incurvi arcus? ubi tela Cupido?
Mollia queis iuvenum figere corda soles?[1]
Fax ubi tristis? ubi pennae? tres unde corollas
Fert manus? unde aliam tempora cincta gerunt?
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L1v f68v] Haud mihi vulgari est, (hospes) cum Cypride quicquam
Ulla voluptatis nos neque forma tulit,
Sed pueris [=puris] hominum succendo mentibus ignes
Disciplinae: animos astraque ad alta traho.
Quatuor aequè ipsa texo virtute corollas,[2]
Quare [=Quarum] quae Sophiae est, tempora prima tegit.

Tell me, where are your arching bows, where your arrows, Cupid, the shafts which you use to pierce the tender hearts of the young? Where is your hurtful torch, where your wings? Why does your hand hold three garlands? Why do your temples wear a fourth? - Stranger, I have nothing to do with common Venus, nor did any pleasurable shape bring me forth. I light the fires of learning in the pure minds of men and draw their thoughts to the stars on high. I weave four garlands out of virtue’s self and the chief of these, the garland of Wisdom, wreathes my temples.

Das CIIII.

Wider Lieb, das ist der Tugend lieb.

Lieber Cupido sag mir frey
Wo doch dein krummer bogen sey?
Und deine Pfeil damit du rürst
Und der weichen Jüngling Hertz bürst?
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L2r f69r] Wo ist dein wütend und brinnend Flamm
Wo seind dein Fettich wundersam
Woher bringst die drey Krentz am Arm
Darzu den umb deine Schläff warm?
Ich hab weder gmein theil noch ichts
Lieber freundt mit Frauw Venus zicht
Es ist auch ein groß underscheid
An der form, gstalt der wollust beid:
Ich entzünd in der Menschen Hertz
Die reine brunst der Zucht on schertz
Und für deß Menschen mut und sinn
Ubersich in die Wolcken hin
Und flicht auß den tugenden schon
Vier Krentzlein zierlich das thut stohn
Zu oberst auff dem Haupt, das gehört
Und sol seyn der Weißheit ongwert.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 16.201.

2.  ‘I weave four garlands out of virtue’s self’, a reference to the four cardinal virtues, justice, temperance, courage and wisdom.


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