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EMBLEMA CLXXXIIII [=183] .

Ex damno alterius alterius utilitas.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain

Dum saevis ruerent in mutua vulnera telis
Ungue leaena ferox, dente timendus aper,
Accurrit vultur spectatum, & prandia captat,
Gloria victoris, praeda futura sua est.[1]

While a lioness, vicious in claw, and a boar, fearsome for its tusks, were setting upon each other, inflicting mutual wounds with their savage weapons, a vulture hurried up to watch, lurking in expectation of a meal. The victor’s glory will belong to the one that gets the spoil.

Das CLXXXIIII [=183] .

Auß eines andern schaden eines an-
dern nutz.

Als gegn einander fielen ein
Die groß Löwin unds hauwend Schwein
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q8v f115v] Und hauwen einander wunden tieff
Mit irem Gwer und scharpffen grieff
Der Geyr macht sich dar und schaut auff
Das im sein theil ja nicht entlauff
Die ehr der Sigent bringt davon
Der raub aber thut im zustohn.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop 200 and 203.



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    SIGNA FORTIUM.

    The mark of the brave

    Quae te causa movet volucris saturnia[1] magni,
    Ut tumulo insideas ardua Aristomenis[2]?
    Hoc moneo quantum inter aves ego robore praesto,
    Tantum semideos inter Aristomenes.
    Insideant timidae timidorum busta columbae,
    Nos aquilae intrepidis signa benigna damus.

    Saturnian bird, what cause brings you to stand with uplifted wings on the tomb of mighty Aristomenes? - I tell you this - as I stand out among the birds in power, so does Aristomenes among the sons of gods. Fearful doves may perch on the graves of the fearful. We eagles give signs of favour to the fearless.

    Notes:

    1.  volucris Saturnia, ‘Saturnian bird’, i.e. the eagle, attendant on Jupiter, son of Saturn.

    2.  Aristomenes was a Messenian hero of the seventh century BC, of semi-divine origin, who performed incredible exploits while leading his country for many years in resistance to the Spartans. On one occasion an eagle aided his miraculous escape from captivity.


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