Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Armis Non Omnia Cedunt

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 4:14. The lines of the poem are spoken by the swordfish himself. He knows that the other fish fear him, but he also knows that a tiny enemy is about to destroy him; according to the ancient sources, there was an insect that would attack the swordfish, a kind of sea-gadfly, driving the swordfish to madness, causing it either to leap up on board a ship or to fling itself onto dry land, where it would die a miserable and painful death.

Armis Non Omnia Cedunt
Piscibus ipse aliis formidabilis hostis,
Mox hostis misere me necat exiguus.

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