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Inanis impetus.

Antagonism that achieves nothing

LXXXI [=82] .

Lunarem noctu, ut speculum,[1] canis inspicit orbem:
Seque videns, alium credit inesse canem,[2]
Et latrat: sed frustra agitur vox irritas ventis,
Et peragit cursus surda Diana suos.[3]

A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is another dog there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

Notes:

1.  For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

2.  Variant reading: altum credit inesse canem, ‘thinks there is a dog up there’.

3.  Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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    EMBLEMA CXXXI.

    Inanis impetus.

    Antagonism that achieves nothing

    Lunarum [=Lunarem] noctu (ut speculum)[1] canis inspicit orbem:
    Seque videns, alium credit inesse canem,[2]
    Et latrat: sed frustra agitur vox irrita ventis,
    Et peragit cursus surda Diana suos.[3]

    A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is another dog there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

    Das CXXXI.

    Vergebne mühe.

    Als den Mon sach der Hund zu nacht
    Und sich drinn als im Spiegel gdacht
    Er es wer eins anderß Hunds Bild
    Sprang ubersich und stalt sich wild
    Aber sein bellen gieng in lufft
    War vergebens und gar ein dufft
    Der Mon dannoch sein lauff verricht
    Last in bellen als ghör ers nicht.

    Notes:

    1.  For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

    2.  Variant reading: altum credit inesse canem, ‘thinks there is a dog up there’.

    3.  Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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