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Obnoxia infirmitas.

Weakness is vulnerable

Pisciculos orata [=aurata] rapit medio aequore sardas,
Ni fugiant pavidae, summa marisque petant.
Ast ibi sunt mergis fulicisque voracibus esca.
Eheu intuta mancns [=manens] undique debilitas.

The little sardines the golden wrasse swallows in the depths of the ocean, unless in fear they flee and make for the surface of the sea. But there they provide a meal for greedy divers and other sea-birds. Alas for weakness, remaining everywhere at risk.



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  • Weakness, Powerlessness, Helplessness; 'Infermità' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54AA7(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Insafety (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54DD5(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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