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EMBLEMA XI.

Abstinentia.

Integrity

Marmoreae in tumulis, una stat parte columnae
Urceus, ex alia cernere malluvium est
Ius haec forma monet dictum sine sordibus esse
Defunctum puras atque habuisse manus.

On a tomb, at one side of the marble pillar, stands a water-jug, at the other you can see a basin. This design tells us that justice was pronounced without corruption, and that the deceased kept his hands clean.

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Das XI.

Abbruch.

Ein Krug gemacht au Marmelstein
Steht wie ein Seul auff dem Eck ein
De Steinern Tisch, auffm andern Eck
Aber findstu ston ein Handbeck
Di bild ermannt das gschriben Recht
Sol rein seyn und on wandel schlecht
Und de Richters Hend sollen seyn
Von allen miet und gaben rein.


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    Gratiam referendam.

    Show gratitude

    Emblema xxx.

    Aerio insignis pietate Ciconia nido,
    Investes pullos pignora grata fovet.
    Talique 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.

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    CIconiae quantum temporis impenderint foetibus
    educandis, tantum & ipsae pullis suis invicem
    aluntur, ait Solinus Polyhistor. cap. 43. Ergo Aegy-
    ptii
    hominem, qui patris curam gereret, Ciconiam
    & Cucupham pingebant, qud hae soleant genito-
    ribus senio confectis eodem modo gratiam repen-
    dere, quo ipsae fuerint eductae. Iis enim nidum
    parant, pennas vellicant inutiles, & pabulum sup-
    peditant. Itaque pietatis & gratis animi symbola
    gerunt.

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    Fault recompenser le bien-faict.

    LA Cigoigne a grand soin, ses petits nourrissant
    Dans son nid hault basti, & les va cherissant:
    Ce qu’elle faict ainsi, vivant en esperance
    Qu’estant vieille, elle aura d’iceux la recompense.
    Ce qui est bien certain: car quand sur l’aage ell’ vient,
    Et ne peut plus aller, son enfant l’entretient,
    La porte sur son doz, la loge, la substante,
    Luy prepare manger, & en tout l’alimente.

    AUtant de temps que les Cigoignes
    auront employ la nourriture de
    leurs petits, autant sont elles nourries &
    entretenues d’iceux reciproquement, ainsi
    qu’escrit Solin[2] en son chapitre 43. Partant les
    Egyptiens quand ils vouloient representer
    un homme qui avoit soin de son pere, ils
    peignoient la Cigoigne, ou la Cucuphe,
    parce que ces oiseaux l ont de coustume
    d’entretenir de mesme leurs peres & meres
    travaillez de vieillesse, comme ils ont est
    eslevez d’iceux. Car ils leurs font un nid, ar-
    rachant les plumes nuisantes, & fournissent
    iceux de nourriture. Partant on les prent
    pour marques de piet & recongnoissance.

    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.

    2. Corrected from the Errata


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