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Imparilité.[1]

Comme un faulcon hault vole, l’air passant,
Cane, Oye, & Gay par terre vont paissant,
Ainsi Pindar, en ses dictz les cieux passe.
Bacchylides escript en forme basse.[2]

Pindar le plus excellent des neuf Grecz Poetes Ly-
ricz escript en style treshautain Bacchilydes (aultre-
ment doulx poete) escript en bas, & humble style Par
lesquelz est monstrée imparilite de personnes, en me-
sme estat. par similitude des oyseaulx hault volans, ou
bas allans.

Notes:

1.  In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.  The first two lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).


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