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Presque le semblable. Extraict de Theocrit.[1]

La malle mousche Amour enfant blessa,
Robant son miel en Ruche, Et luy laissa
La poincte au doigt. Il crye, & avec pleur
Monstre Venus sa mere sa douleur,
Soy complaignant, si petit animal
Puissance avoir de faire si grand mal.
Venus riant dist. Filz, Tu sembles elle,
Qui si petit fais playe tant cruelle.

Petite chose peut faire grand mal: comme ung scorpion,
ung Phalange, Aussi Amour si petit qu’il ne peut
estre veu: faict au coeur playe presque irremediable.

Notes:

1. 3rd-century BC bucolic poet, who may or may not have wrriten the Idylls (19, The Honey Stealer), of which this is a fairly close translation, in dactylic hexameters, as in the Greek original.


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