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IN RECEPTATORES
sicariorum.

Those who harbour cut-throats

Emblema lii.

Latronum, furúmque manus tibi, Scaeva[1], per urbem
It comes, & diris cincta cohors gladiis:
Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige censes,
Quòd tua complures allicit olla malos.
En novus Actaeon, qui postquàm cornua sumpsit,
In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[2]

An evil-minded band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

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EX Phavorino citatur illud à Stobaeo: Quem-
admodum Actaeon à canibus, quos alebat, dis-
cerptus est: ita parasiti & assentatores eos à qui-
bus enutriuntur, miserè perdunt. Id verò in eos
torquet Alciatus, qui latrones furésque domi suae
receptant: aut etiam (ut verbis utar Marcellini,
lib.14.) qui familiarium agmina tanquam praeda-
torios globos post terga trahunt. à quibus tandem
miserè absumuntur.

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Contre les recelateurs de brigans & volleurs.

TU t’estimes beaucoup d’avoir une grand’ queuë
De spadassins, volleurs, & brigans, à la veuë
D’un chacun; pensant bien les avoir à ton point:
Mais ta cuisine chaude iceux attire & point.
Fins & rusez qu’ils sont, à la table[3] ils se rengent,
Te faisans compagnie, & ce pendant te mangent.
O nouvel Acteon, qui estant devenu
Sans adviser à soy, un cerf[4] au chef cornu,
Lors que moins y pensoit sa peau est deschiree
Par les chiens qu’il nourrit, & leur sert de curee.

EN Stobee est cité ce traict du Philoso-
phe Phavorin: ainsi comme Acteon fut
desmembré & deschiré par les chiens qu’il
nourrissoit: ainsi les happelopins & flateurs
perdent miserablement ceux dont ils sont en-
tretenus. Mais cecy est employé par Alciat
contre ceux qui recellent en leurs logis les
brigans & larrons: ou bien (afin que j'use du
propos d’Ammian Marcellin livre 14.) qui
ont tousjours à la queuë une grand’ suite de
bons chalans, comme un grand squadron de
volleurs, desquels ils[5] sont mangez en fin mi-
serablement.

Notes:

1.  Scaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

2.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.

3.  Corrected from the Errata

4.  Corrected from the Errata

5.  Corrected from the Errata


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EMBLEMA CXVIII.

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam: multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit: sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

Das CXVIII.

Wider die so reich mit andern scha-
den werden.

Ein jeder der Ael fahen wil
So er die hellen Wasser stil
Fischt, und so er sich understeht
Und in die lautern gruben geht
Der schafft vergebns und sein müh ist
Umb sonst, so er aber mit list
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Vil gmür auff rürt, hat er gut gwinn
Also ist auch die Policei nütz
Die mit vil auffruhr wirt verstürtzt
Denen die sonst im fried und ruh
Darben und haben nicht darzu.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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