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Le Vieillard Amoureux.

Quand sophocles soy (quoy qu’il fust vieulx)
Archippe attraict par argent. Envieux
Jeunes Gallans, regret le porterent,
Et de telz vers, l’ung & l’aultre noterent,
Comme ung chahuan siet sur une charoigne,
Ainsi la garse est chez ce vieil yvroigne.[1]

Trois choses on dict estre desplaisan-
tes Dieu, & au monde. Povre orgueil-
leux, Jeune paresseux, & Vieil luxu-
rieux: Car c’est contre debvoir de For-
tune, & Nature.

Notes:

1. A story taken from Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, 13.592b. Sophocles is the great tragic poet, of whom several such tales were told. He made Aganippe the beneficiary under his will.


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