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In eos qui supra vires quicquam

Those who venture on what is beyond their powers


Dum dormit, dulci recreat dum corpora somno
Sub picea, & clavam caeteraque arma tenet,
Alcidem Pygmaea manus[1] prosternere laetho
Posse putat, vires non bene docta suas.
Excitus ipse, velut pulices, sic proterit hostem,
Et saevi implicitum pelle leonis[2] agit.

While Alceus’ descendant was sleeping, while he was refreshing his body with gentle slumber, beneath a spruce tree, keeping hold of his club and other weapons, a band of pygmies thought they could lay him low in death, not really grasping the limit of their powers. But he, waking up, crushed the foe like fleas, and carried them off, wrapped up in the fierce lion’s skin.

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Wider jhene die sich etwas under-
steen uber yr vermugen.


Als Hercules sich legt und rwet,
Der zwergen gar ein grosse rot
Zu ym kam, und in frechem muet
Maynten sy in schlagen zu todt:
Der held erwacht, und zu eimm spot
Stoeckt er฿ all in sein Lewen haut,
Drengt sy anders mit kayner not:
Spot hat der zu vil auff sich paut.


1.  Hercules’ confrontation with the pygmies is described by Philostratus, Eikones 2.22.

2.  ‘the fierce lion’s skin’, the skin of the Nemean lion which Hercules always wore after slaying the beast ([A50a058], [A42b093]).

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