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EMBLEMA CLXXXIII [=182] .

Malè parta malè dilabuntur.[1]

Ill gotten, ill spent

Miluus edax[2] nimiae quem nausea torserat esce,
Hei mihi mater ait, viscera ab ore fluunt.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q8r f115r]Illa autem: quid fles? cur haec tua viscera credas,
Qui rapto vivens sola aliena vomis?

A voracious kite, which had eaten too much, was racked with vomiting. ‘O dear, mother’, it said, ‘entrails are pouring out of my mouth.’ She however replied: ‘What are you crying about? Why do you think these are your entrails? You live by plunder and vomit only what belongs to others.’

Das CLXXXIII [=182] .

Ubel gewunnen ubel verthan.

Ein fressiger Weyh auff ein zeit
Wider gab das er vor mit geit
Eingewirckt hett, sprach: Mutter mein
All mein inners wil hrauß mit pein.
Die Mutter sprach: Was weinstu sehr?
Woltst wehn das diß dein ingweid wer?
Das du mit der Speiß heraus gülffst
Der du dich nur deß Raubs behilffst.

Notes:

1.  The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

2.  ‘A voracious kite’. The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.


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    EMBLEMA CLXXXIIII [=183] .

    Ex damno alterius alterius utilitas.

    One man’s loss is another man’s gain

    Dum saevis ruerent in mutua vulnera telis
    Ungue leaena ferox, dente timendus aper,
    Accurrit vultur spectatum, & prandia captat,
    Gloria victoris, praeda futura sua est.[1]

    While a lioness, vicious in claw, and a boar, fearsome for its tusks, were setting upon each other, inflicting mutual wounds with their savage weapons, a vulture hurried up to watch, lurking in expectation of a meal. The victor’s glory will belong to the one that gets the spoil.

    Das CLXXXIIII [=183] .

    Auß eines andern schaden eines an-
    dern nutz.

    Als gegn einander fielen ein
    Die groß Löwin unds hauwend Schwein
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q8v f115v] Und hauwen einander wunden tieff
    Mit irem Gwer und scharpffen grieff
    Der Geyr macht sich dar und schaut auff
    Das im sein theil ja nicht entlauff
    Die ehr der Sigent bringt davon
    Der raub aber thut im zustohn.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.


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