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CONSILIO ET VIRTUTE CHI-
meram
superari id est fortiores
& deceptores.

Wisdom and courage defeat Chimaera (i.e. the powerful and deceivers).

Bellerophon ut fortis eques superare chimeram[M]
Et licii potuit sternere monstra soli.[1]
Sic tu pegasei vectus petis aethera pennis,
Consilioque animi[2] monstra superba domas.

Bellerophon, that bold horseman, was able to overcome the Chimaera and lay low the monsters of the Lycian land. You likewise, borne on wings of Pegasus, seek the high heavens and, by the counsel of reason, tame proud monsters.

[Marginalia - link to text]Vide Fulgentium in Mithalogiis lib. 3. in principio.

Notes:

1.  The King of Lycia imposed on Bellerophon, among other tasks, that of killing the Chimaera, a fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head, serpent’s tail and goat’s body. He achieved this last with the aid of the winged horse Pegasus, which Athena, goddess of wisdom, helped him to catch.

2.  ‘by the counsel of reason’. The name Bellerophon was interpreted by some as ‘bringer of counsel’. The Chimaera symbolised various uncontrolled passions.


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    Consilio & virtute Chimaeram su-
    perari, id est, fortiores &
    deceptores.

    Wisdom and courage defeat Chimaera (i.e. the powerful and deceivers).

    Emblema xiiii.

    Bellerophon ut fortis eques superare Chimaeram,
    Et Lycii potuit sternere monstra soli:[1]
    Sic tu Pegaseis vectus petis aethera pennis,
    Consilióque animi[2] monstra superba domas.

    Bellerophon, that bold horseman, was able to overcome the Chimaera and lay low the monsters of the Lycian land. You likewise, borne on wings of Pegasus, seek the high heavens and, by the counsel of reason, tame proud monsters.

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    NUlla est adeò magna & versuta calliditas, nulla
    insidiosa vis, nullaeque praestigiae, quas non pos-
    sit animi magnitudo, prudénsque consilium soller-
    ter effugere. Quanquam enim nobis sit interdum
    concertandum cum fortioribus & fraudulentis, non
    est tamen animus despondendus, sed assumenda
    potius firma quaedam animi constantis, saníque iu-
    dicii panoplia. Id ostenditur Bellerophontis histo-
    ria, qui multis periculis expositus, evasit incolumis,
    equo Pegaso vectus, ut traditur à veteribus poëtis.

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    Que par bon advis & vertu, sont vaincus les
    plus forts & plus grands trompeurs.

    LE brave chevalier Bellerophon vainquit
    Les monstres Lyciens, & Chimere defit:
    Ainsi par meur advis les plus meschans tu domptes,
    Et par un bon conseil les monstres tu surmontes;
    Comme si tu estois des ailes soustenu
    De Pegase, en ton droict & honneur maintenu.

    IL n’y a si grande ou deguisee finesse, ny
    force pleine de tromperies, ny ruze quel-
    conque que l’on ne puisse bien eviter par
    grandeur de courage & meure deliberation.
    Car quoy que nous soyons quelquefois con-
    trains de combattre plus forts que nous &
    autres plus rusez, il ne fault pas pourtant
    perdre coeur, mais plustost nous[3] munir comme
    d’une armure bien esprouvee d’un esprit fer
    me & sain jugement. Ce qui est demonstré
    par le narré que l’on faict de Bellerophon,
    lequel exposé à plusieurs dangereux hazars,
    en eschappa estant porté par le cheval Pe-
    gase
    , ainsi que disent les anciens Poëtes.

    Notes:

    1.  Corrected from the Errata

    2.  The King of Lycia imposed on Bellerophon, among other tasks, that of killing the Chimaera, a fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head, serpent’s tail and goat’s body. He achieved this last with the aid of the winged horse Pegasus, which Athena, goddess of wisdom, helped him to catch.

    3.  ‘by the counsel of reason’. The name Bellerophon was interpreted by some as ‘bringer of counsel’. The Chimaera symbolised various uncontrolled passions.


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