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NE TE FIDE, NE SERA IN-
GANATO

Quand Brasidas[1] eut le corps traversé
D’un coup de traict, par son escu persé
Un Sot quidam luy demanda,
Comment Avoit este blessé si aisément?
Au coupe (dist il) mon bouclier a faict voie,
Qui s’est faulsé: quand en luy me fioye.
Ceste Response, en bon sens, signifie:
Que souvent est traistre, en qui l’on se fie.

Notes:

1.  Spartan commander in the Peloponnesian War, noted for bravery but also for cunning and rhetoric. He was slain at the moment of his final victory over Athens.



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