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EMBLEMA CXXXI.

Inanis impetus.

Antagonism that achieves nothing

Lunarum [=Lunarem] noctu (ut speculum)[1] canis inspicit orbem:
Seque videns, alium credit inesse canem,[2]
Et latrat: sed frustra agitur vox irrita ventis,
Et peragit cursus surda Diana suos.[3]

A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is another dog there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

Das CXXXI.

Vergebne mhe.

Als den Mon sach der Hund zu nacht
Und sich drinn als im Spiegel gdacht
Er es wer eins ander Hunds Bild
Sprang ubersich und stalt sich wild
Aber sein bellen gieng in lufft
War vergebens und gar ein dufft
Der Mon dannoch sein lauff verricht
Last in bellen als ghr ers nicht.

Notes:

1. For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

2. Variant reading: altum credit inesse canem, ‘thinks there is a dog up there’.

3. Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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    Inanis impetus.

    Antagonism that achieves nothing

    Emblema clxiiii.

    Lunarem noctu, ut speculum,[1] canis inspicit orbem:
    Sque videns, alium credit inesse canem,[2]
    Et latrat: sed frustra agitur vox irrita ventis,
    Et peragit cursus surda Diana suos.[3]

    A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is another dog there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

    HOc dicitur in rabiosos quosdam obtrectatores,
    qui viris gravibus, & iis maxim qui celebritatem
    aliquam nominis sua virtute consecuti sunt, detra-
    here audent, in quos allatrant, ut canis in Lunam:
    quos tamen in rabiem agi videas, cm se contem-
    ptui haberi vident ab iis qui ne quidem eos res-
    ponsione dignantur.

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    Effort sans effet.

    LE chien plein[4] d’ire & rancune
    Se mire, abboye la Lune,
    Pensant voir un aultre chien:
    Il jappe, il bruit, il tempeste,
    Sans raison se rompt la teste,
    Et pour japper ne fait rien,
    Son cry estant sans pouvoir,
    Car Diane en patience
    Va tousjours, point ne desvance,
    Et ne s’en daigne esmouvoir.

    CEcy est dit contre certains enragez de-
    tracteurs, qui osent parler sinistrement
    d’hommes de qualit, & de ceux qui ont ac-
    quis bruit & reputation par leur vertu: contre
    lesquels ils abboyent, comme fait le chien
    l’encontre de la Lune: lesquels toutesfois
    crevent de despit, & sont comme enragez,
    quand ilz voyent que ceux dont ilz ont mal
    parl ne font aucun estat de leur respondre.

    Notes:

    1. For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

    2. Variant reading in 1550, altum credit inesse canem, ‘thinks there is a dog up there’.

    3. Diana is of course goddess of the moon.

    4. Corrected from the Errata.


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