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Ei qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena credi
non oportere.

Others’ property should not be entrusted to a person who has once squandered his own

XCVIII.

Colchidos in gremio nidum quid congeris? eheu
Nescia cur pullos tam malè credis avis.
Dira parens Medaea suos saevissima natos
Perdidit, & speras parcat ut illa tuis?[1]

Why do you build your nest in the bosom of the woman from Colchis? Alas, ignorant bird, why do you entrust your nestlings so mistakenly? That frightful mother, Medea, in her savagery slew her own children. Do you expect her to spare yours?

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Wer das sein verthuet, solle man
frembdes nit befelhen.

XCVIII.

O voegle wie yrrst dich so groß,
Das du so in gefarlich huet,
Nemlich in der Medaea schoß
Legst und vertrawst dein junge bruet,
So sy befleckt ier greulich hennd
In yrer aygen kinder bluet:
Traw dem nicht, der das sein verschwend.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.346, a much-translated epigram, on the subject of a swallow that built her nest on a representation of Medea. Colchidos, ‘of the woman from Colchis’, refers to Medea, from Colchis on the Black Sea, who slew her children by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to avenge his unfaithfulness. See further [A42b033].


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