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Epigramme de Albice à Alciat, l’admonestant
de se retraire des tumultes Italicques,
& de lire en France, envoyé
avec un presant de pom-
mes perses, ou
pesches[1]

De ce fruict l’arbre estrange par avant
A nostre ciel, vint de Perse au levant:
En son pays nuysible, par transport
Est faict meilleur, de doux fruyct faict raport,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L8r p175] Fueille à la langue, & pomme au coeur semblable,
Ta vie ainsi (Alciat) fay louable:
Hors de ton lieu seras en plus grand pris:[2]
Tu es en coeur, & langue bien appris.

La Pomme Persique, dicte pesche est
veneneuse en Perse, en nostre pays,
par transport est moins nuysible, & de
lectable au manger. Ainsi les hommes
(mesmement les savans) valent mieulx
d’estre depaiséz, & sont en plus gran-
de estime vers les estrangiers. Car nul
Prophete en son pays.

Notes:

1.  This person has been identified as Aurelius Albutius, lawyer, scholar and poet, like Alciato originally from Milan. On the question of the genuineness of this ascription and a suggested date for the epigram preceding Alciato’s first removal to France in 1518, see J. Köhler, Der ‘Emblematum liber’ von Andreas Alciatus (1492-1550) (Hildesheim: August Lax, 1986).

2.  ‘Far from your own country’. Alciato had two periods in France. He was lecturing on Civil Law in Avignon from 1518-1522, then returned to Milan. He again took up his teaching post in Avignon in 1527, and then removed to Bourges, where he remained until his return to Italy (Pavia) in 1533. The ‘troubles’ mentioned could be political (there was much fighting and tumult in N. Italy), or could refer to the wrangling between rival schools of academic lawyers during Alciato’s youth.


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