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Vengence Juste.

Exclamation.

Le noir corbeau pour manger avoit pris
Ung Scorpion, de sa gueulle le pris.
Luy se vengeant, par venin espandu,
Son ravisseur soudain mort ha rendu.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [O5r p217] O cas pour rire: A aultruy qui mort dresse
Luy mesme il meurt, & chet soubz sa finesse.[1]

Quand ung mauvais se prent ung aultre
plus mauvais, il se destruict soy mesme, com
me un bateur, ung meurtrier, ung larron,
ung brigand, ung joueur, ung pipeur,
ung faulsaire ung empoisonneur, ung
usurier, ung bancquerotier, ung fin,
ung plus fin, ung trompeur, ung trompeur &
demy. Le corbeau est male beste, ung Scor
pion pire, qui tue de sa queu veneneuse.

Notes:

1. This is a fairly free translation of Anthologia graeca 9.339. See Erasmus, Adagia 58, Cornix scorpium, where the Greek epigram is again translated.


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