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Gratiam referendam.

Show gratitude.

V.

AŽrio insignis pietate Ciconia nido,
Investes pullos pignora grata fovet.
Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[a8r p15]Taliaque expectat sibi munera mutua reddi,
Auxilio hoc quoties mater egebit anus.
Nec pia spem soboles fallit, sed fessa parentum
Corpora fert humeris, praestat & ore cibos.[1]

The stork, famed for its dutiful care, in its airy nest cherishes its featherless chicks, its dear pledges of love. The mother bird expects that the same kind of service will be shown her in return, whenever she needs such help in her old age. Nor does the dutiful brood disappoint this hope, but bears its parents’ weary bodies on its wings and offers food with its beak.

COMMENTARIA.

Inter omnes aves Ciconia pietatis symbo-
lum gerit: nam parentes senecta defectos
vicissim alit, & volandi impotentes humeris
gestat, ut Athenaeus attestatur & Homerus
lib. 4. Iliadis Isidorus in lib. de natura Avium.
Item de immensa Ciconiarum pietate Plinius
lib. 10. cap. 23. & pulchrŤ Aristophanes in
avibus, Ciconiae magna: cura alunt vicissim
parentes iam aetate deficientes, sola bonitate
naturae ad id agendum impulsae, inquit Ae-
lianus
lib. 15. cap. 4. Ideoque Ciconiae imaginem
exsculpi olim solitam super sceptris re-
gum quÚ eorum pietas atque
Iustitia indicaretur, refert
Crinitus libro 4.
cap. 13.

Notes:

1.See Pliny, Natural History 10.32.63: cranes care for their parents’ old age in their turn. See also Aelian, De natura animalium 3.23.


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Foedera.

Alliances.

Ad Maximilianum Mediolanensem Ducem.

EMBLEMA X.

Hanc citharam, ŗ lembi quae form‚ halieutica[1] fertur,
Vendicat & propriam Musa Latina sibi,
Accipe Dux: placat [=placeat] nostrum hoc tibi tempore munus,
Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[B6r p27]Quo nova cum sociis foedera inire paras.
Difficile est, nisi docto homini tot tendere chordas:
Unaque si fuerit non bene tenta fides,
Ruptave (quod facile est) perit omnis gratia conchae,
Illeque praecellens cantus, ineptus erit.
Sic Itali coŽunt proceres in foedera: concors
Nil est quod timeas, si tibi constet amor.
At si aliquis desciscat (uti plerumque videmus)
In nihilum illa omnis solvitur harmonia.

This lute, which from its boat shape is called ‘halieutica’, my Latin Muse now claims for her own service. Receive it, O Duke. May this offering of mine be pleasing to you at this moment when you are preparing to enter into fresh agreements with your allies. It is difficult, except for a man of skill, to tune so many strings, and if one string is out of tune or broken, which so easily happens, all the music of the instrument is lost and its lovely song disjointed. In like manner the leaders of Italy are now forming alliances. There is nothing for you to fear if affection lasts for you and stays in concord. But if any one should slide away, which we often see, that harmony is all dissolved into nothing.

Notes:

1.halieutica, a Greek word meaning ‘fishing’ (boat).


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