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Maledicentia.[1]

Evil speaking

LXVII.

Archilochi[2] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[3] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Notes:

1.  It is to be noted that in this edition, as in the 1546, Maledicentia and Contra are treated as one emblem whereas in other editions Contra is treated as an emblem in its own right called Principis Clementia.

2.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).

3.  ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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    EMBLEMA CLXXX [=179] ..

    Vespertilio.

    The bat.

    Vespere quae tantum volitat, quae lumine lusca est,
    Quae cum alias [=alas] gestet, caetera muris habet.
    Ad res diversas trahitur, mala nomina primum
    Signat: quae latitant, iudiciumque timent.
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q6v f113v]Inde & philosophos, qui dum coelestia quaerunt,
    Calligant oculis, falsaque sola vident.
    Tandem & versutos, cùm clàm sectentur utrunque,
    Acquirunt neutra qui sibi parte fidat [=fidem] .

    The creature that flies only in the evening, that has poor sight, that is endowed with wings, but has other features belonging to a mouse, is used to represent various things. First it indicates persons of bad standing who lie low and fear being called to account. Next philosophers, who, while they search the heavens, develop blurred vision and only see what is false. Lastly, wily men, who secretly court both parties, but do not win trust on either side.

    Das CLXXX [=179] .

    Fledermauß.

    Die Speckmauß so hat ein blöd gsicht
    Und nur umb den abent hrumb sticht
    Ist ein Vogel das dFlügel hat
    Das ander als einr Mauß zustat
    Zu vilen dingen sie braucht wirt
    Erstlich den der ein böß gschrey führt
    Bedeut, und der verbergen thut
    Sich, und fürcht deß Richters Zuchtrut
    Darnach auch die Weltweisen gschmitzt
    Die Himmlisch ding zerforschn seind gspitzt
    Und strauchlen mit irem Gsicht doch
    Sehen nicht dann was arg ist noch
    Darzu zeigts an auch listig Leut
    Die heimlich sich auff beyde seit
    Halten, und kriegen doch zu sold
    Das in kein theil trauwt, und ist hold.


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