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EMBLEMA CXC [=189] .

Obnoxia infirmitas.

Weakness is vulnerable

Pisciculos Orata [=Aurata] rapit medio aequore sardas,
Ni fugiant pavidae summa marisque petant?
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [R4v f119v]Ast ibi sunt mergis fulicisque voracibus esca
Eheu intuta 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.

Das CXC [=189] .

Wolgeplagte Armut.

Die Goldbraßmen im mitten Meer
Die Fischlein Sardein engstet sehr
Wann sie nicht fliehen also gschwind
Zu öberst sie gefressen sind
Aber da werdens graubt zur Speiß
Von Breßlin und Merchen on greiß
Ach Gott wie ist die arm schwachheit
An allen orten nider gleidt.



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    REMEDIA IN ARDUO MALA.
    in prono esse.

    Remedies are hard, damage is easy

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    Aetheriis postquam deiecit sedibus Aten,
    Iupiter[1] heu vexat quàm mala noxa viros.
    Evolat haec pedibus celer & pernicibus alis,
    Intactumque nihil casibus esse sinit.
    Ergo litae proles Iovis hanc comitantur euntem,[2]
    Sarcturae quicquid fecerit illa mali.
    Sed quia segnipedes strabae[3] lassaeque senecta,
    Nil nisi post longo tempore restituunt.[4]

    Once Jupiter had cast Ate down from the heavenly abode, what an evil bane thereafter assailed poor man! Ate flies out fleet of foot with fast-beating wing and leaves nothing untouched by mishap. So Jove’s daughters, the Litae, accompany her as she goes, to mend whatever ill she has brought about. But they are slow-footed, poor of sight and weary with age, and so they restore nothing until later, after long passage of time.

    Notes:

    1.  ‘Jupiter had cast Ate down’. See Homer, Iliad 19. 125ff.

    2.  ‘the Litae accompany her’. 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.

    3.  Textual variant: luscae.

    4.  The woodcut is puzzling. Possibly the monster is supposed to represent Ate; in later editions she appears as a harpy-like figure. The Litae feature, in later editions, as old women. The old man presumably represents the suffering of mankind.


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