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Imparilitas.

Inferiority

Emblema cxxxix[1].

Ut sublime volans tenuem secat ara falco,
Ut pascuntur humi graculus, anser, anas:
Sic summum scandit super aethera Pindarus ingens:
Sic scit humi tantum serpere Bacchylides.[2]

As the falcon cleaves the thin air flying high, as the jackdaw, the goose, the duck feed on the ground, so mighty Pindar soars above the highest heaven, so Bacchylides knows only how to creep along the ground.

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ID ex Pindari 2. Olympiae ubi se cum Iovis alite com-
parat: alios ver potas non alio qum corvorum
dignatur nomine. Hac ver similitudine ostenditur
non parvam observari in ingeniis inaequalitatem.
sunt enim qui caeteros antecellant, altmque voli-
tent: alii ver humi repunt.

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Dissemblance.

AInsi que le Faulcon vollant touche la nu,
De sorte que parfois nous en perdons la veu,
La Cane, le Geay, l’Oye allent tout contre bas.
Pindare par son stil s [=se] rend inimitable,
Il ravit nos esprits, il se fait admirable,
Mais Bacchylide marche son beau petit pas.

CEcy est prins du second des Olympies.
de Pindare, l o il se compare l’aigle,
appellant les autres potes, Corbeaux. Il est
monstr par ceste similitude, qu’il y a fort
grand’ dissemblance entre uns & autres es-
prits: car aucuns sont qui excellent, & pas-
sent les autres de bien loing: aucuns aussi
marchent fort bas, & ne sont de grand’ mise.

Notes:

1. Corrected from the Errata.

2. The first two lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).


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