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L’image de Ocne. De ceux qui donnent aux paillar-
des, ce que devoit estre converty en bons usages.[1]

Ocne tousjours ne cesse de corder,
Et filz à filz de sa main accorder:
Mais tant qu’il peut en tordre, & alonger,
Une poiltronne asnesse vient manger.
Oiseuse femme, avec mary facile,
Tout gain despend en sa brave inutile.

Les maris desquelz les femmes oiseuses despendent
rente, revenu, & gain en braves & grans estatz, leurs
besoignes vont comme les cordiers, à reculons.

Notes:

1.  The painting by Polygnotus depicting this scene is described in Pausanias, Periegesis 29.2. See also Propertius, Elegies 4.3.21; Erasmus, Adagia 383, Contorquet piger funiculum. Ocnus, idleness personified, was a proverbial example of wasted effort.


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  • Industriousness, Assiduity; 'Assiduità', 'Industria', 'Zelo' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A11(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • marriage, married couple, 'matrimonium' [42D3] Search | Browse Iconclass
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