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Doctos doctis obloqui nefas esse.

It is wicked for scholars to wrangle with other scholars

Quid rapis heu Progne vocalem saeva Cicadam,
Pignoribusque tuis fercula dira paras?[1]
Stridula stridentem, vernam verna, hospita laedis
Hospitam, & aligeram penniger ales avem?
Erg˛ abiice hanc praedam, nam Musica pectora summum est.
Alterum ab alterius dente perire nefas.

Alas, Procne, why, cruel bird, do you sieze on the melodious cicada and prepare a dreadful banquet for your young? A whistler yourself, you harm the shrill singer; a summer visitor, you hurt another fine-weather caller; a guest, you harm a guest; a feathered bird, you hurt another winged creature. So let this prize go. It is the greatest sin for hearts devoted to the Muses to perish by one another’s tooth.

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Das LVI.

Es ist ein schandt und unstandt das gelehrt
Leut einander ubel nachreden.

Ach Progne warumb reistu weck
Also grassz die schreyend Heuwschreck
Und bereitst unbarmhertzger wei▀
Deinen jungen ein greuwlich spei▀?
Bschedigstu ein Sommer Vogel
Und Gast dem Fettichn de▀ Stimm hel?
Der du selbs bist ein Vogel ring
Und Sommer Gast singst das erkling
Derhalben wirff den Raub hindan
Dann es ist ein gro▀ laster than
Das ein Singer vom andern nem
Ein schaden und umbs Leben kem.


1. áThe reference is to the legend of Procne’s metamorphosis into a swallow. See Emblem 176 ([A67a176]). For swallows catching cicadas, see Aelian, De natura animalium 8.6.

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  • (story of the) Muses; 'Muse' (Ripa) [92D4] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Disagreement, Discord; 'Discordia' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54EE31(+4):51B3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • discussion, dialogue, dispute ~ scholar, philosopher [49C40] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Eloquence; 'Eloquenza', 'Fermezza & GravitÓ dell'Oratione' (Ripa) [52D3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Malevolence, Maliciousness; 'Malevolenza', 'MalignitÓ', 'MalvagitÓ' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [57AA7(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Philomela, Procne and Tereus changed into nightingale, swallow, hoopoe (or hawk): Tereus seeks to kill Philomela and Procne for having slain his son; in their flight the two sisters are changed into a nightingale and a swallow; Tereus is changed into a ho [97DD23] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • scholar or scientist with muse [49L(+101)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Similarity, Likeness [51B2] Search | Browse Iconclass

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