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Consilio & virtute Chimaeram
superari, id est, fortiores & de-
ceptores.

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

CII.

Bellerophon ut fortis eques superare Chimaeram.
Et Licii potuit sternere monstra soli:[1]
Sic tu Pegaseis 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.

COMMENTARIA.

Bellerophon filius Regis Glauci, Adole-
scens insignis pulchritudinis & summae virtu
tis, quem Praetus regno privatum, sibi servire
iussit. Stenobaea verò uxor Praeti eum adama-
vit, & ut secum stuprum committeret sollicita-
vit, ille verò lascivam foeminam repulit, unde
spreta mulier exardens coram Rege falsò il-
lum accusavit, quasi eam oppressurus. Rex
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [l5r p169]verò hoc audito, nolens tamen domi de illo
poenas sumere, misit eum ad socerum suum Re-
gem Lyciae, addita Epistola qua crimen con-
tinebatur. Rex ille, lectis literis indignatus, va
riis hostibus & periculis Bellerophontem, ut
periret obiecit. Ille verò semper victor evasit,
tandem etiam missus ut Chimaeram mon-
strum, maximo sub periculo interficeret. (Fuit
autem Chimaera monstrum horribile in Ly-
cia, à capite Leo, in medio Capra, in cauda
verò Draco, & gravem ignem ex ore spira-
bat. secundum Homerum lib. 6. Iliadis.

Quoque Chimaera iugo mediis in partibus hircum,
Pectus & ora Leae, caudam serpentis habebat.)

Ascendit ille astutè admodum (teste Strabone
lib. 8. ) Pegasum equum alatum, de quo Ovidius
lib. 4. Metamorphoseon & Chimaeram devicit & inter-
emit, ob hoc laudem nanciscebatur maximam
adeoque ut Rex ille Lyciae alteram suam filiam ei
in uxorem dederit, quod audiens uxor Praeti se-
ipsam occidit. Monemur cuncta mala, iniquos
etiam & perversos superandos esse & suppri-
mendos, animi virtutibus, magnanimitate, con
silio & prudentia. Quid verò re vera fuerit Chi
maera, quid Pegasus, quid denique reliqua Poë-
tarum figmenta ex Palaephato de non credendis
fabulis petere licebit. Quid etiam Dii Deaeque
antiquorum significaverint consulendus est
Eusebius de praeparatione evangelica.

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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