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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N7r p205]

Contre les Detracteurs.[1]

Trainebaletz, & sotz Maistre d’eschole
Osent sur moy vomir leur chaulde chole,
Que feray je? rendray je la pareille?
Prendre seroit la Cigale par l’aile.[2]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N7v p206] Car que vault il males mousches chasser?[3]
Ce qu’on ne peult abolir: faut laisser.

Cecy est escript d’affection indignée à
l’occasion de quelque Maistre d’eschole, qui
avoit osé detracter de l’Alciat, dond se sen
tant irrité luy si grand, par si peu & vil (co
me [=comme] il dict:) sagement se abstient de respon-
dre. Car le jurisperit prise trop peu le Gra-
mmairien, ou literateur humain.

Notes:

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

2.  ‘to have seized the...cicada by the wing’. See Erasmus, Adagia, 828 (Cicadam ala corripuisti): if you hold a cicada by the wing, it will only chirp more loudly.

3.  ‘driving flies away’. See Erasmus, Adagia, 2660 (Muscas depellere): driving flies away is a waste of effort as they simply return.


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