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FIDEI SYMBOLUM.

The symbol of good faith

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Stet depictus honor tyrio velatus amictu,
Eiusque iungat nuda dextram veritas.
Sitque amor in medio castus,[1] cui tempora circum,
Rosa it, Dyones pulchrior cupidine.[2]
Constituunt haec signa fidem, reverentia honoris,
Quam fovet, alit amor, parturitque veritas.

Let Honour stand depicted, clothed in a garment of Tyrian purple, and let naked Truth hold his right hand. Between them, let chaste Love be represented, his brow garlanded with roses, but fairer than Cupid, Dione’s boy. These images constitute good faith, which the reverence due to Honour fosters, Love feeds, Truth brings to birth.

Notes:

1.  Amor...castus, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [A34a072] and [A34a080].

2.  ‘Dione’s boy’. Strictly Dione was the mother of Venus, but was often identified in poetry with Venus herself, the mother of Cupid.


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EMBLEMA CXIII.

Dolos [=Dolus] in suos.

Treachery against one’s own kind.

Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis
Adsueta ad dominos ire redire suos.
Congeneres cernens volitare per aëra turmas,
Garrit: in illarum se recipitque gregem,
Praetensa incautas donec sub retia ducat.
Obstrepitant captae, conscia at ipsa silet,
Perfida cognato se sanguine polluit ales
Officiosa aliis, exitiosa suis.[1]

The well-fed decoy duck with its green-blue wings is trained to go out and return to its masters. When it sees squadrons of its relations flying through the air, it quacks and joins itself to the flock, until it can draw them, off their guard, into the outspread nets. When caught they raise a protesting clamour, but she, knowing what she has done, keeps silence. The treacherous bird defiles itself with related blood, servile to others, deadly to its own kind.

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Das CXIII.

Betrug gegen den seinen.

Der Antrech mit schön Federn ziert
Der die wilden Endten verfürt
Ist abgerichtet und gewent
Das er von und zu seim Herrn lendt
Wann er sicht fliegen in der höh
Ein hauffen seins gschlechts und art jöh
So lockt ers herzu mit seim gschrey
Und fügt sich undern hauffen frey
Biß daß er sie verführt onbdacht
Und unwissend hat ins Garn bracht
Die also gfangen fladern vil
Er aber weiß, tückt sich schweigt still
Der schalck Vogel sich bflecken thut
Mit seins Gschlechts verwandten Blut
Andern ist er hurtig und nutz
Den seinen aber schad und stutz.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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