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PAREM DELINQUENTIS, ET
suasoris culpam esse.

The one who urges wrongdoing is as guilty as the one who does the wrong

Emblema 172.

Praeconem lituo perflantem classica victrix
Captivum in tetro carcere turma tenet.
Queis ille excusat, quod nec sit strenuus armis,
Ullius aut saevo laeserit ense latus.
Huic illi: Quin ipse magis timidissime peccas,
Qui clangore alios aeris in arma cies.[1]

The victorious troop holds captive in a foul dungeon a herald, who sounds military commands on his trumpet. To them he makes his excuses - he is no strong fighting man and has wounded no one’s side with a cruel sword. They reply: You abject coward, you are in fact more guilty, for you with the sound of your trumpet stir up others to fight.

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1.  This is a version of Aesop, Fables 325.


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EMBLEMA CXXVII.

A minimis quoque timendum.

Beware of even the weakest foe

Bella gerit Scarabaeus, & hostem provocat ultrò,
Robore & inferior, consilio superat.
Nam plumis aquilae clàm se neque cognitus abdit,
Hostilem ut nidum summa per astra petat.
Ovaque confodiens, prohibet spem crescere prolis:
Hocque modo illatum dedecus ultus abit.[1]

The scarab beetle is waging war and takes the challenge to its foe. Though inferior in physical strength, it is superior in strategy. It hides itself secretly in the eagle’s feathers without being felt, in order to attack its enemy’s nest across the lofty skies. It bores into the eggs and prevents the hoped-for offspring from developing. And then it departs, having thus avenged the insult inflicted on it.

Das CXXVII.

Die kleinen seind auch zu förchten.

Der Schröter führt ein hefftigen streit
Wider den Adler alle zeit
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M8v f83v] Den Feind er hrauß heischt auff den plan
Mit ligstigkeit er sigt im an
Und nit mit sterck, dann heimlich er
Versteckt sich unders Feinds Feder
Den also der Adler mit sich
Fürt in sein Nest hoch ubersich
Darinnen er die Eyr zerkluckt
Verhindert in an sein jungen fluckt
Daß er deren beraubt wirt zhand
Also recht er sein zugfügt schand.

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1.  For the feud between the eagle and the beetle, see Aesop, Fables 4; Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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