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EMBLEME XLI.

Retiens la langue.

Scythe, [1]pourquoy tiens tu avecque ta main creuse
Ton ventre paresseus & ton aine honteuse?
Pourquoy devant ta bouche as tu mis l’autre main?
Va fuyant la luxure & le soing de ta pance:
Retiens la langue aussi qui librement offence,
Et sois en ton parler gracieus & humain.

Notes:

1.  The Scythian in question is the distinguished philosopher Anacharsis, a contemporary of Solon, who apparently taught that one should keep under control one’s appetite, one’s lusts, and one’s tongue. See also La Perriere, Morosophie, no. 16 ([FLPb016]).



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