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Ex arduis perpetuum nomen.

Lasting renown won through tribulation

Emblema cxxxi.

Crediderat platani ramis sua pignora passer,
Et bene, ni saevo visa dracone forent.
Glutiit hic pullos omnes, miserámque parentem
Saxeus, & tali dignus obire nece.
Haec, nisi mentitur Calchas, monumenta laboris
Sunt longi, cuius fama perennis eat.[1]

A sparrow had entrusted her young to the branches of a plane-tree, and all would have been well, if they had not been observed by a merciless snake. This creature devoured all the chicks and the hapless parent too, a stony-hearted beast, turned to stone as it deserved. Unless Calchas speaks falsely, these are the tokens of long toil, the fame of which will go on through all the years.

HOmerus Iliadis β. hanc fabulam prodidit qua
docuit, ex rebus arduis, & iis in quibus maxi-
ma difficultas proponitur, perpetuam & nunquam
intermorituram famam consequi.

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Des hautes entreprinses, renom

LE Moineau avoit faict son nid commodément
Sur un arbre bien haut, & assez seurement
Ses petits, neuf en nombre, avoit en sauvegarde
Hebergez en ce lieu: mais un serpent regarde
Ce mesnage d’oiseau, que tous il engloutit
Avec la mere mesme, en saoulant l’appetit,
Et puis pierre devint, de telle mort tresdigne.
“C’est qu’un faict ne se rend memorable & insigne
Sans beaucoup travailler, & prend assez long cours,
Mais son renom aussi durera pour tousjours.

HOmere a rapporté ceste fiction au se-
cond de l’Iliade, par laquelle il ensei-
gne que des choses grandes, & qui sont de
difficile entreprinse, sort une renommee per-
petuelle, & qui jamais ne meurt.


1.  See Homer, Iliad 2.299ff. for this portent which occurred at Aulis, where the Greek fleet was waiting to sail for Troy. Calchas the seer interpreted the eating of the eight chicks and their mother, followed by the death of the snake, as foretelling the nine-year battle for Troy, followed by success.

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