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Luxuriosum opes.

The wealth of the dissipated.

X.

Rupibus aëriis, summique crepidine saxi
Immites fructis ficus acerba parit:
Quos corvi comedunt, quos devorat improba cornix,
Qui nihil humanae commoditatis habent.
Sic fatuorum opibus parasiti & scorta fruuntur,
Et nulla iustos utilitate iuvant.[1]

On towering cliffs, on the brink of the highest crag, the bitter fig-tree bears its sharp fruit. These the ravens eat, these the rascally crow devours, fruit that offers nothing of any good to man. Even so, parasites and whores enjoy the wealth of fools - decent persons get no benefit from it.

Notes:

1.  This is based on an idea in Anthologia Graeca, 12.185.


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    LUXURE.

    Luxure.

    Pan piedebouc, couronné de Rocquette,
    De grand luxure est symbole, ou marquette.
    Rocquette est chaulde, & bouc luxurieux,[1]
    Et les Satyrs des Nymphes amoureux.[2]

    Ceste enseigne de luxure est prinse sur la nature de
    l’herbe Rocquette esmouvant à paillardise, & de la
    beste Boucquine tresluxurieuse, donnant à enten-
    dre, que luxure eschaulfe ardemment: & puys put
    villainement.

    Notes:

    1.  Rocket is described as herba salax at Ovid, Ars amatoria, 4.22. Pliny, Natural History, 10.83.182 and 19.44.154, lists it as an aphrodisiac.

    2.  Satyrs were creatures half-human, half-goat in form, like Faunus, and Pan with whom Faunus was often identified. See emblems 91 ([FALb091]), and 115 ([FALb115]). Cf. Horace, Odes, 3.18.1: ‘Faunus, you who lust after the fleeing nymphs’.


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