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Sobrement vivre: & non follement croire.

APOSTROPHE.

Ne voy, ne croy, (ha Epicharme escript)[1]
Ce sont les nerfz, & membres de l’esprit
L’oeil en main,[2] croit la chose qu’il voit sienne,
Poulieu, herbe est de Sobresse ancienne.
Lequel monstré (Quand la force exposa)
Sedition Heraclit appaisa.[3]

Ne trop boire: ne trop croire font l’homme sage, l’oeil
en la main est certitude des choses veues, & touchées,
Poulieu, est herbe gardant de soif, & d’yvrognerie.

Notes:

1.  The saying is quoted in Polybius, The Histories, 18.40.

2.  See Plautus, Asinaria, 202: ‘our hands always have eyes - seeing is believing for them’; Erasmus, Adagia, 73 (Oculatae manus).

3.  For this incident concerning the sixth-century BC philosopher Heraclitus, see Plutarch, De garrulitate, 511C: when faced with a discordant mob, Heraclitus said nothing but took a cup of cold water, sprinkled on barley-meal and stirred it with a sprig of pennyroyal. Pennyroyal represents modest fare, contentment and control. Cf. Emblem 175 ([FALb175]), line 8. Heraclitus lived on a diet of herbs. For his pessimistic view of life see Emblem 142 ([FALb142]).


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