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In garrulum & gulosum.

Against a noisy and gluttonous fellow

Voce boat torva, praelargo est gutture, rostrum
Instar habet nasi multiforisque tubae.
Deformem rabulam, addictum ventrique gulaeque
Signabit, volucer cum truo pictus erit.

It screams with a harsh cry, it has an enormous throat, a beak like a spout or a many-holed trumpet. The pelican bird, when painted, will indicate an ugly ranter, enslaved to lust and belly.


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  • Gluttony, Intemperance, 'Gula'; 'Gola', 'Ingordigia', 'Ingordigia overo Avidità', 'Voracità' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins [11N35] Search | Browse Iconclass
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EMBLEMA CXXX.

Iusta ultio.

Just revenge

Raptabat volucres captum pede corvus in auras,
Scorpion audaci praemia parta gulae.
Ast ille infuso sensim per membra veneno,
Raptorem in stygias compulit ultor aquas.
O risu res digna: aliis qui fata parabat,
Ipse perit propriis succubuitque dolis.[1]

A raven was carrying off into the flying winds a scorpion gripped in its talons, a prize won for its audacious gullet. But the scorpion, injecting its poison drop by drop through the raven’s limbs, despatched the predator to the waters of the Styx and so took its revenge. What a laughable thing! The one who was preparing death for others himself perishes and has succumbed to his own wiles.

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Das CXXX.

Billiche verdiente Rach.

Der Rab ein Scorpion voll Gifft
Fieng, und fhrte in hoch in die lfft
Bald seiner fressigkeit so jach
Empfieng verdienten lon und rach
Dann der Scorpion allgemacht
Das Gifft ins Rabn Glieder bracht
Recht sich an seinem Rauber bald
Nimpt im das Leben mit gewalt
Es ist frwar de lachens wehrt
Das der andern ein Brey anrrt
Denselben er mu essen au
Und kompt sein untreuw im zu hau.

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1. This is a fairly free translation of Anthologia graeca 9.339. See Erasmus, Adagia 58, Cornix scorpium, where the Greek epigram is again translated.


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