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EMBLEMA CXVII.

In receptatores sicariorum.

Those who harbour cut-throats

Latronum furumque manus tibi saeva[1] per urbem
It comes: & diris cincta cohors gladiis.
Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige censes,
Quod tua complures allicit olla malos,
En novus Actaeon, qui postquàm cornua sumpsit,
In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[2]

A fierce band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

Das CXVII.

Wider die so sich zu der Landsknecht und
Buben Rott gesellen.

Dich Lurtsch, So du gehst durch dstat
Volget dir nach ein hauffen drat
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M2v f77v] Der frechen und verwegnen Knecht
Mit gwerter hand ein unnütz Gschlecht
Und meinst also seystdu alsdann
Dester Edler im Gschlecht und Stamm
Dieweil du hast an dich gehengt
Ein Gottloß Rott, durch miet und schenck
Sich an ein neuwen Actean
Welcher da er die Hörner gewan
Wurd er von seinen eigen Wind [=Hind]
Zerrissen und gefressen gschwind.

Notes:

1.  Other editions read scaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter in some editions suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

2.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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Maux viennent promptement, &
biens à difficulté.

XCII.

Até de Jupiter chassee
Pour nuire vola sur la terre.[1]
Et n’y fait pas une passee,
Sans rendre feu, faim, peste, ou guerre.
Lites apres vont,[2] non grand erre,
Car vieilles sont, & mal trotans:
Dont lon ne peut leur bien acquerre,
Fors par longue espace de temps.

commentaires.

Até est dite Deesse de ruïne, d’inimitiés, & de
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I3r p133] toute desolation. Elle est legere, & a des aisles. Estant
chassee & jectee hors du ciel, elle vint incontinent à
suborner les esprits des hommes, les enveloppant en
une infinité de maux: elle court d’un vol tresviste,
souillant & troublant tous les lieux par où elle passe.
Les Lites, filles de Jupiter, luy sont opposees, & la
suyvent de pres. Ces Lites sont prieuses & reconcilia-
trices des amitiés descousues. Ce que Até trouble en-
tre les humains, les Lites taschent de le radouber.
Mais pource qu’elles ont les yeux bigles & louches,
les pieds boiteux, & qu’elles sont lassees & travail-
lees par grand’vieillesse, elles cheminent fort lente-
ment, & à grand’ peine peuvent elles atteindre la
legere Até. Partant ce n’est pas promptement qu’el-
les remedient au mal, mais c’est apres quelque espace
de temps. Homere, qui ingenieusement a inventé ceste
fable, a voulu dire, que les offenses & inimitiés nais-
sent bien promptement, mais les reconciliations arri-
vent à cloche pied.

Notes:

1.  See Homer, Iliad 19. 125ff.

2.  See Homer, Iliad 9.502ff. Ate means ‘Mischief’, Litae, ‘Prayers’. Ate was cast out of Olympus to bring harm to mankind, a personification of humans being led astray. The Litae were a personification of prayers offered in repentance.


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