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(1555) [MARC] [MARC] Author: Olaus Magnus
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LIBER SEPTIMVS        227


elidunt, aut in faucibus portuum stylos cæcos, densasque sudes sub aquis infigunt, Styli cæci.
vt sine defensoribus aditum adversariis valeant prohibere. Aliquando etiam hostium
opinioni timidos se demonstrant, in extremis sylvarum brachiis latitantes, vtStratagema.
quo loco prædandi causa hostems advenerint, cornuum acutiore citato sono conuocent
reliquam multitudinem in abdito permanentem. Plerisque enim in locis littoralibusIrruptio insidiosa.
accessus recessusque sylvarum teneris arboribus incisis, inflexisque crebris in latitudinem
ramis enatis, ac rubis, sentibusque interiectis effecerant, vt instar muri hæ
sepes munimenta præbeant, quæ non modo non intrari, sed ne facile introrsus perspiciSeps prona ac densa.
possint. Intra eas sylvas quasi singulis provinciarum portubus objectas, maxima
multitudo latitat incolarum: quæ eo celerius inimicis congreditur, quo diligentiusMultitudo latitans.
speculatorum industria fuerit excitata, præsertim dum hostems per ædium incendia,
& agrorum depopulationes sævire videtur. Eo nanque scelere nullum truculentiusIncendiarii acrius impetuntur
indigenæ reputant, nec atrocius patria severitate compensant, quemadmodum
hujus rei Cassiodo. meminit de Regibus Gothorum, graviter eos punire solitas, Segetum combustores pessimi.
qui segeti nocerent, aut messibus maturandis.

De pessimo eventu hostilis classis.


CAP. IX.

                                        EVENIT præterea sæpius, classem bellicam littoribus applicantem,
                                        tantis nebularum obscuritatibus subito obrui, Nebulæ tenebroæ.
                                        vt nedum vlterius progredi nequeat, sed nec mutuas prohibere
                                        navium collisiones, aut cæca sub aquis saxa, labore velCæca saxa.
                                        ingenio evitare, immo nec velorum beneficio ad apertum
                                        evadere gurgitem, propter diras tempestates, quæ nebulasTempestates diræ.
                                        hujusmodi concommitantur: quibus sedatis, tanta plerunque
                                        succedit maris tranquillitas, vt classis ipsa sese a loco minimeTranquillitas.
                                        commovere possit: immo & fulgurum, ac coruscationumFulgura.
eavis interdum sequitur, vt ipsa navigia incendio, ac submersione vorentur:
cujus rei frequens testimonium perhibent annales Ostrogothorum, aliaque saxa in littoreSaxa ruinæ.
relicta, de simili calamitate ostendentia rationem. Cæterum vbi hostis minores
insulas defensore carentes, lignandi causa audentius ingreditur, sine vita, vel vulnere
vix discedet. Dum enim insularum posfessores id imminere prospexerint, inter
frutices, frondesque jacula secretis funiculis ad arborum robustiores ramos violenterSagittæ infidiosæ ramorum.
extendunt: quorum fortissimo repulsu, levi tactum citato, quilibet ignarus
facilime trucidatur. Nec desunt in locis opportums
caveæ ferarum, profundo insidiosoque ingenio fabricatæ: Caveæ ferarum.
quas si quis inciderit, membris
integris vix extrahetur.

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