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In parasitos.

Professional spongers

Emblema xcii.

Quos tibi donamus, fluviales accipe cancros,
Munera conveniunt moribus ista tuis,
His oculi vigiles, & forfice plurimus ordo
Chelarum armatus maximáque alvus adest:
Sic tibi propensus stat pingui abdomine venter,
Pernicésque pedes, spiculáque apta pedi.
Cùm vagus in triviis, mensaeque sedilibus erras,
Inque alios mordax scommata salsa iacis.[1]

Receive these river crabs which we present to you. These gifts match your character. They have watchful eyes, and a great row of claws armed with a pincer, and a huge gut is there. You too have a protruding belly with fat paunch, scuttling feet and sharp weapons on them, as you hang about the crossroads or move among the seats at table, and maliciously shoot your stinging, witty jibes.

ID torquetur in mordacem quendam scurram ven-
trionem, aliena quadra semper asssuetum, mordaci-
bus dictis in alios citra discrimen utentem.

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Contre les Escornifleurs.

ENtens, escornifleur, je te fais un present
D’escrevisses, qui t’est fort propre & bien duisant.
Reçois le donques de moy, car de vray l’escrevice
Monstre fort proprement & tes moeurs & ton vice.
Elle a les yeux ouverts, grand ranc de pieds forchus,
Comme tenailles sont, ou bien ciseaux crochus:
Elle porte outreplus un ventre de lanterne,
Tu luy ressembles bien, tout cecy te concerne
Tu vas viste du pied & eguillons tu as:
Aussi as tu, gourmand, un ventre large & gras,
Quand cherchant tes repas çà & là t’abandonnes,
Et de ton bec pointu les autres tu blasonnes.

CEcy est dit contre un mordant Escorni-
fleur, un ventru, accoustumé à ses re-
peuës franches, & qui use de brocars indiffe-
remment contre un chacun.

Notes:

1.  Variant reading in 1550, scommata falsa, ‘libellous witticisms‘.


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