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Maledicentia.

Evil speaking

Emblema. li.

Archilochi[1] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[2] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

SImile quid legitur in 3. Graecorum epigramma-
ton. Vespae autem tumulo Archilochi affixae, ef-
frenis linguae petulantiam arguunt. Quod torqueri
facilè potest in scriptorem quendam maledicum,
quíque alios fuerit insana quadam obtrectandi li-
centia infectatus. Vespae sunt raucae & mordaces:
acriter enim pungunt, sed neque mel, neque ceram
fingunt: ita maledicis unum carpendi, convician-
díque studium, in caeteris inutiles & inepti.

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Mesdisance.

SUr le tombeau d’Archilochus assises
Les Guespes sont, qui servent de devises,
Pour demonstrer son eguillon cuisant,
Et qu’il fut trop poignant & mesdisant.

LE semblable se trouve au 3. des epigram-
mes Grecs, Les Guespes mises sur le
tombeau d’Archilochus, denotent une lan-
gue mauvaise & pleine de malledicence.
Ce que se peust aussi accommoder à l’encon-
tre d’un escrivain mesdisant, & qui n’a faict
autre estat que detracter des autres avec
licence du tout desbordee. Les Gues-
pes sont rauques & poignantes: car elles pic-
quent fort serré: cependant elles ne font ny
miel ny cire: tels sont les mesdisans, qui se
contentent seulement de mordre & poindre.
Mais en toutes autres choses ils sont inuti-
les & ineptes.

Notes:

1.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).

2.  ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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EMBLEMA CXV.

In victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.

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Aiacis tumulum lachrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice Graeco[1]
Vincerer: & causa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

Das CXV.

Von Sig durch betrug bekommen.

Ich die Tugend mit zehern naß
Wasch deß Helden Ajacis Graß,[3]
Allda er dann begraben ligt
Und rauff auß mein schönes Har dick
Dann das allein noch ubrig war
Das ich beym Griechischen Richter zwar
Das Recht gewesn, aber es gilt
Mehr dann das recht der betrug milt.

Notes:

1.  The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’s subsequent suicide, see Emblem 66 [A67a066].

2.  See Anthologia graeca 7.145.

3.  While ‘Gras’ (Engl.: grass) is a possible reading, ‘Grab’ (Engl.: grave), although it disturbs the rhyme, is more likely: an interesting confusion between ‘b’ and the German ‘ß’.


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