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ALIUD.[1]

Another on the bat.

Emblema. 62.

Vespere quae tantum volitat, quae lumīne lusca est,
Quae cum alas gestet, caetera muris habet,
Ad res diversas trahitur, mala nomina primum
Signat: quae latitant, iudiciumque tīment.
Inde & philosophos, qui dum caelestia quaerunt,
Caligant oculis, falsaque sola vident.
Tandem, & versutos, cum clam sectentur utrumque,
Acquirunt neutra quae [=qui] sibi parte fidem.

The creature that flies only in the evening, that has poor sight, that is endowed with wings, but has other features belonging to a mouse, is used to represent various things. First it indicates persons of bad standing who lie low and fear being called to account. Next philosophers, who, while they search the heavens, develop blurred vision and only see what is false. Lastly, wily men, who secretly court both parties, but do not win trust on either side.

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1.  This is the same image as Emblem 61.

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