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EMBLEMA XCIII.

Luxuriosorum opes.

The wealth of the dissipated.

Rupibus aëriis, summique crepidine saxi,
Immites fructus ficus acerba parit.
Quos corvi comedunt, quos devorat improba cornix,
Qui nihil humanae commoditatis habent:
Sic fatuorum opibus parasiti, & scorta fruuntur,
Et nulla iustos utilitate iuvant.[1]

On towering cliffs, on the brink of the highest crag, the bitter fig-tree bears its sharp fruit. These the ravens eat, these the rascally crow devours, fruit that offers nothing of any good to man. Even so, parasites and whores enjoy the wealth of fools - decent persons get no benefit from it.

Das XCIII.

Der verschwender Güter.

Der ungschlacht wild Feigenbaum, an
Dem rauw unzeitige Frucht stan
Wechst zaller oberst in der höh
Auff den lüfftigen Felsen jeh
Die seind nur der schwartzen Rappen Speiß
Und der Kreen die verzerens mit fleiß
Sonst niemand dieser gniessen kan
Dann sie an zu hohn orten stan
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K1v f60v] Also der Narren hab und Gut
Niemands anderß gebrauchen thut
Dann die Bubn und die Huren Seck
Sonst nichts rechts, und die Tellerschleck.

Notes:

1.  This is based on an idea in Anthologia Graeca, 12.185.



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    EMBLEMA XCI.

    Luxuria.

    Licentiousness

    Eruca capripes redimitus tempora faunus,
    Immodicae Veneris Symbola certa refert.
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [I8v f59v]Est Eruca salax,[1] indexque libidinis hircus,
    Et Satyri Nymphas semper amare solent.[2]

    Goat-footed Faunus, his temples garlanded with the herb rocket, provides unmistakable symbols of desire without restraint. Rocket stimulates desire, the goat is a symbol of sexual appetite, and the satyrs are always lusting after the nymphs.

    Das XCI.

    Geilheit.

    Der Geißfuß fein tregt auff seim Kopff
    Ein Krantz von weissen Senffkraut grofft
    Gibt ein recht zeichen und zeigt an
    Einen verbubten Menschen on zam
    Der weiß Senff ist gerist und geil
    Der Bock zeicht auch die begird feil,
    Auch die Geiß mendlin alle sandt
    Lieben die Wasserfreuwlin thandt.

    Notes:

    1.  Rocket is described as herba salax at Ovid, Ars amatoria, 4.22. Pliny, Natural History, 10.83.182 and 19.44.154, lists it as an aphrodisiac.

    2.  Satyrs were creatures half-human, half-goat in form, like Faunus, and Pan with whom Faunus was often identified. See emblems 57 ([A67a057]), and 175 ([A67a175]). Cf. Horace, Odes, 3.18.1: ‘Faunus, you who lust after the fleeing nymphs’.



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