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In fraudulentos.

Deceivers

Emblema xlix.

Parva lacerta, atris stellatus corpora guttis
Stellio,[1] qui latebras, & cava busta colit,
Invidiae, pravíque doli fert symbola pictus,
Heu nimium nuribus cognita zelotypis!
Nam turpi obtegitur faciem lentigine quisquis,
Sit quibus immersus stellio, vina bibat.[2]
Hinc vindicta frequens decepta pellice vino.
Quam formae amisso flore relinquit amans.

The little lizard, called the ‘starred’ gecko from the dark star-shaped marks sprinkled all over its body, a creature that lurks in holes and hollow tombs, is pictured here and presents symbols of resentment and wicked deception, known only too well to jealous wives. For anyone who drinks wine in which a spotted gecko has been soaked comes out in ugly spots all over the face. This is often a way of taking revenge - the husband’s fancy woman is tricked with wine, and, when the flower of her beauty is gone, her lover abandons her.

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PLinius lib. 29 cap. 4. tradit è stellionibus ma-
lum medicamentum fieri. Nam, inquit, cùm
stellio immortuus est vino, eorum qui biberint,
faciem lentigine obducit. ob hoc in unguento ne-
cant eum insidiantes pellicum formae. Stellio ita-
que potest esse symbolum malae mentis, malíque
animi, ut sit hoc tortum in quosdam subdolos &
fraudulentos Sinones, à quibus esse cavendum no-
tae quaedam corporis tacitè videntur praecipere: ut
natura provida fuit, nobísque egregiè cavit, quae
certas malignitatis notas quibusdam animantibus
inditas esse voluerit. Ita vulgò dicimus, cavendum
à signatis.

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Marque pour les fraudulens.

Le petit Stellion a quelques signes noirs
Sur sa peau, & frequente és creux & vieux manoirs
Des cachots & tombeaux, en portant l’effigie
De l’envie mordante, & de la jalousie:
Lesard assez cogneu par les femmes qui sont
Jalouses des maris, & grand despit en ont.
Car qui boira du vin, dans lequel ceste beste
Estouffee sera, le mal se manifeste:
Des crustes sur la face alors apparoistront,
Et d’orde & salle ardeur des lentilles naistront.
C’est comme plus souvent les jalouses se vangent:
Car lors que les beaux teints de leurs garses se changent
Ceux qui les cherissoient si fort esperdument,
Les quittent tout à plat, voyans tel changement.

PLine escrit en son 29. livre 4. chapitre,
que lon faict un mauvais breuvage des
Stellions. Car dit-il, quand on a faict mou-
rir le Stellion dans du vin, ceux qui en boi-
ront auront la face toute enlevee de laides
taches rousses, pourtant les femmes jalou-
ses & qui portent envie à la beauté de cel-
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maris, le tuent dans l’onguent ou parfun.
Le Stellion donques peust estre la marque
d’une ame maligne, & de mauvais courage:
& peust servir pour representer quelques
cauteleux & trompeurs Sinons, desquels il
se fault donner de garde, ainsi que le mon-
trent tacitement certaines marques qu’ils
ont en leurs corps: comme nature a esté
provide, nous donnant enseignement, ayant
donné certaines taches de malignité à au-
cunes bestes. Ainsi nous disons coustumie-
rement, qu’il se fault donner garde de ceux
qui sont marquez.

Notes:

1.  stellio, ‘the ‘starred’ gecko’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 5.461 for the explanation of the name stellio.

2.  Nam turpi...vina bibat, ‘anyone who drinks wine...all over the face’. See Pliny, Natural History, 29.22.73.


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EMBLEMA CXXI.

Aliquid mali propter vicinum malum.[1]

Misfortune caused by a bad neighbour

Διαλογιστικῶς

In dialogue form.

Raptabat torrens ollas, quarum una metallo,
Altera erat figuli terrea facta manu.
Hanc igitur rogat illa, velit sibi proxima ferri,
Iuncta ut praecipites utraque sistat aquas:
Cui lutea, Haud nobis tua sunt commercia curae,
Ne mihi proximitas haec mala multa ferat.
Nam seu te nobis, seu nos tibi conferat unda,
Ipsa ego te fragilis sospite sola terar.

A stream was carrying along two pots, one of which was made of metal, the other formed by the potter’s hand of clay. The metal pot asked the clay one whether it would like to float along close beside it, so that each of them, by uniting with the other, could resist the rushing waters. The clay pot replied: The arrangement you propose does not appeal to me. I am afraid that such proximity will bring many misfortunes upon me. For whether the wave washes you against me or me against you, I only, being breakable, will be shattered, while you remain unharmed.

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Das CXXI.

Ein böses umb der Nachbauwern
willen.

In einem starcken Bach daher
Rauschen zwen Häfen ongefer
Der ein auß Ertz der ander war
Gemacht vom Häfner auß Thon klar
Der auß Ertz den Irrdin ansprach
Daß er wolt schwimmen bey im nach
Damit sie kündten dester baß
Widerstandt thun dem Wasser graß.
Dem antwort wider der Irrdin
Deiner Nachbarschafft ich hab kein gwin
Und frag nit nach der gmeinschafft dein
Damit sie mich nit bring in pein
Dann so das Wasser mich an dich
Stieß, oder wider dich an mich
So bleibestu gantz unversert
Ich aber würd gar zertrimmert.

Notes:

1.  See Avianus, Fables 11; Erasmus, Adagia 32, Aliquid mali propter vicinum malum.


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