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Effort faict en vain.[1]

Le chien veult prendre en nuyct la lune aulx dents,
Car d’aultres chiens cuyde estre la dedans.
En vain abaye: & jecte aulx vents voix lourde:
Car son cours faict tousjours Diane sourde.[2]

Comme les chiens en vain jappent, la lune: laquel-
le ilz ne sauroyent mordre: Ainsi les detracteurs, en-
vieux comme chiens, en vain mesdisent d’ung grand
personnage: auquel ilz ne sauroient nuyre, mais sans
les ouir, poursuit tousjours le cours de ses vertus.

Notes:

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

2. Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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  • Diana as moon-goddess, i.e. Luna (Selene) [92C371] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Inutility, Noxiousness; 'Nocumento', 'Nocumento d'ogni cosa' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54BB3(+4):56E3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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