Single Facsimile View | View Transcribed Page

Single Emblem View

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [T1r f193r]

Imparilitas.

Inferiority

Emblema cxxxix[1].

Ut sublime volans tenuem secat aëra falco,
Ut pascuntur humi graculus, anser, anas:
Sic summum scandit super aethera Pindarus ingens:
Sic scit humi tantum serpere Bacchylides.[2]

As the falcon cleaves the thin air flying high, as the jackdaw, the goose, the duck feed on the ground, so mighty Pindar soars above the highest heaven, so Bacchylides knows only how to creep along the ground.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [T1v f193v]

ID ex Pindari 2. Olympiae ubi se cum Iovis alite com-
parat: alios verò poëtas non alio quàm corvorum
dignatur nomine. Hac verò similitudine ostenditur
non parvam observari in ingeniis inaequalitatem.
sunt enim qui caeteros antecellant, altúmque voli-
tent: alii verò humi repunt.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [T2r f194r]

Dissemblance.

AInsi que le Faulcon vollant touche la nuë,
De sorte que parfois nous en perdons la veuë,
La Cane, le Geay, l’Oye allent tout contre bas.
Pindare par son stil sé [=se] rend inimitable,
Il ravit nos esprits, il se fait admirable,
Mais Bacchylide marche à son beau petit pas.

CEcy est prins du second des Olympies.
de Pindare, là où il se compare à l’aigle,
appellant les autres poëtes, Corbeaux. Il est
monstré par ceste similitude, qu’il y a fort
grand’ dissemblance entre uns & autres es-
prits: car aucuns sont qui excellent, & pas-
sent les autres de bien loing: aucuns aussi
marchent fort bas, & ne sont de grand’ mise.

Notes:

1.  Corrected from the Errata.

2.  The first two lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).



Iconclass Keywords

Relating to the image:

Relating to the text:

  • song-birds: jackdaw (+ animals eating and drinking) [25F32(JACKDAW)(+45)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Imparity, Inequality (+ emblematical representation of concept) [51BB3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • male persons from classical history (with NAME) representations to which the NAME of a person from classical history may be attached [98B(BACCHYLIDES)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • (story of) Pindar representations to which the NAME of a person from classical history may be attached [98B(PINDAR)3] Search | Browse Iconclass

Hint: You can turn translations and name underlining on or off using the preferences page.

 

Back to top