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EMBLEMA CXVIII.

In divites publico malo.

Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
Cassus erit, ludetque operam: multum excitet ergo
Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
Dives erit: sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

Das CXVIII.

Wider die so reich mit andern scha-
den werden.

Ein jeder der Ael fahen wil
So er die hellen Wasser stil
Fischt, und so er sich understeht
Und in die lautern gruben geht
Der schafft vergebns und sein müh ist
Umb sonst, so er aber mit list
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3r f78r] Das Wasser trüb macht und darinn
Vil gmür auff rürt, hat er gut gwinn
Also ist auch die Policei nütz
Die mit vil auffruhr wirt verstürtzt
Denen die sonst im fried und ruh
Darben und haben nicht darzu.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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    Eloquence est plus excellente que force.[1]

    PROBLEME.

    Masse en main dextre, en senestre arc cornu,
    Et du Lyon la peau couvrant corps nu,
    C’est d’Hercules la forme, Mais tel art
    Pas ne convient: qu’il soit chaulve, & vieillard.
    La langue aussi de chainetes persée,
    D’ond par l’oreille attraict gent, non forcée,
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O7v p222]Est ce pourtant que par faconde voix,
    Et non par force aulx peuples donna loix?
    Armes font place aux lettres. Car des coeurs
    (Tant soient ilz durs) Eloquens sont vinqueurs.

    C’est la description Lucianicque de Hercules le
    Francois
    , Par laquelle estoit figuré, que Hercules
    avoit tant de peuples mis en son obeissance, & tant
    de monstres, & tyrans surmontéz par vive eloquen
    ce, & savoir legitime, & constitution de justes loix,
    Toutes lesquelles choses les Graecz hont depuys
    deguisées en faictz d’armes, & appropriées à leur
    Hercules Graec, filz d’Alcmena.

    Notes:

    1.  This epigram is closely based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.


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