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EMBLEMA CLXXXVIII [=187] .

Semper praesto esse infortunia.

Misfortune is always at hand

Ludebant parili tres olim aetate puellae
Sortibus: ad Stygias quae prior iret aquas.
Ast cui iactato male cesserat alea talo,
Ridebat sortis caeca puella suae:
Cum subit icta caput labente est mortua tecto,
Solvit & audacis debita fata ioci.
Rebus in adversis mala sors non fallitur: ast in
Faustis nec precibus, nec locus est manui.[1]

Once three girls of the same age were amusing themselves, casting lots to see which of them would be the first to go to the waters of the Styx. When the dice were cast, the throw fell out unluckily for one of them, but she laughed with blind contempt at the fate predicted for her. Then suddenly she died, struck on the head as the roof fell in, and so paid the fated penalty for her bold mockery. In misfortune, a bad omen cannot be eluded, but even in prosperity neither prayers nor action have any place.

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Das CLXXXVIII [=187] .

Unglck ist stts vor der Thr.

Mit einander der Gspilen drey
Gleich alt auff ein zeit spielten frey
Und wurffens lo welch under in
Solt vor der ander ziehen hin.
Das tricht Meidlin das im Spil
Warff da sie solt zum ersten ans zil
Hielts fr ein schertz darber lacht
Vermeint nit da es hett ein macht
Vom Dach aber ein Ziegel rot
Herunder fiel, traff sie zu todt
Wurd also au dem schertz gar bhend
Ein ernst, also das Glck sich wend.
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Betreugt nit es erzeigt ein tck
Im guten aber es treg ist
Gibt auff flehen noch trehnen nichts.

Notes:

1. This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.158.


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  • (private) prayer; 'Oratione', 'Preghiere', 'Preghiere a Dio' (Ripa) [11Q2] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Adversity, Misfortune, Bad Luck; 'Fortuna infelice', 'Infortunio' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54FF11(+4):51A4(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Luck, Fortune, Lot; 'Fato', 'Fortuna', 'Fortuna aurea', 'Fortuna buona', 'Fortuna pacifica overo clemente', 'Sorte' (Ripa) [54F12] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Mortality, Extinction of Life [58BB1] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Turn of Fate, Wheel of Fortune (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54F121(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Weakness, Powerlessness, Helplessness; 'Infermità' (Ripa) [54AA7] Search | Browse Iconclass

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