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Les remedes sont difficiles, & les
maulx tresfaciles, & prompts.

Depuys que Dieu jecta des cieulx Até,[1]
Las que de maulx hont les mortelz gasté:
Car elle va du pied, & volle d’aele,
Et rien ne laisse ou mal ne soit faict d’elle.
Lites apres filles de Jupiter
Vont, pour les maulx qu’elle ha faict rapoincter.[2]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K8v p160]Mais pource qué vieilles sont, & foiblissent
Rien, fors long temps apres, ne restablissent.

Les maulx viennent à cheval, & s’en
vont à pied. C’est à dire que tout mal
est prompt à venir: tout bien tardif. Ce
que Homere ha signifié par Até (qui
est à dire nuisance) jectée du ciel (qui
ne seuffre point de mal) en terre, & ha
aeles volantes legierement, Piedz le-
giers, mains gryphonnantes. Et par les
Lites, (c’est à dire restaurations du mal)
filles de Dieu, Mais vieilles, aveugles,
& foibles, & tardifves: qui viennent re-
parer le mal: mais long temps apres.

Notes:

1.  ‘Jupiter had cast Ate down’. See Homer, Iliad 19. 125ff.

2.  ‘the Litae accompany her’. See Homer, Iliad 9.502ff. Ate means ‘Mischief’, Litae, ‘Prayers’. Ate was cast out of Olympus to bring harm to mankind, a personification of humans being led astray. The Litae were a personification of prayers offered in repentance.


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