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Contre ceulx qui osent entreprendre
oultre leur force.

Quand Hercules dort soubz l’arbre, & repose,
Et soubz son bras armes, & masse pose,
Des nains l’armée à le tuer s’efforce,[1]
Mal cognoissans leur trop petite force:
Luy esveillé, comme petite pulce
Dedans la peau du Lyon les repulse.[2]

A plus fort que soy ne se fault prendre.

Notes:

1.  Hercules’ confrontation with the pygmies is described by Philostratus, Eikones 2.22.

2.  The skin of the Nemean lion which Hercules always wore after slaying the beast. (See [FALb130], notes; [FALb170]).


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