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In parasitos.

Professional spongers

XXVI.

Quos tibi donamus fluviales accipe cancros.
Munera conveniunt moribus ista tuis.
His oculi vigiles, & forfice plurimus ordo
Chelarum armatus, maximaque alvus adest.
Sic tibi propensus stat pingui abdomine venter,
Pernicesque pedes, spiculaque apta pedi.
Cm vagus in triviis, mensaeque sedilibus erras,
Inque alios mordax scommata salsa iacis.[1]

Receive these river crabs which we present to you. These gifts match your character. They have watchful eyes, and a great row of claws armed with a pincer, and a huge gut is there. You too have a protruding belly with fat paunch, scuttling feet and sharp weapons on them, as you hang about the crossroads or move among the seats at table, and maliciously shoot your stinging, witty jibes.

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Wider die bauchdiener.

XXVI.

Ich mayn es reym sich wol zu dier,
Das een kreb so ich dier schick,
Der kreb ist ein geschwollen thier,
Und hat vil scher damit er zwick:
Dein stich wort, list, hemische dyck,
Und voller bauch wierd zaygt hiemit:
Auch wendst dein redt all augenblick,
Gleych nach des kreb unsteten tridt.

Notes:

1. Variant reading, scommata falsa, ‘libellous witticisms’


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