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tetrastichon.

Rumpitur ingratos pariendo Vipera foetus,
Prolis & ad vitam suscipit illa necem:
Pectoris arcanum dum profert garrula lingua,
Dat vitam verbis, interitumque sibi.[1]

The viper is blown apart when she gives birth to her ungrateful young, and suffers death to give her children life. When the babbling tongue reveals the secrets of the heart, it gives life to words, but destruction to itself.

quatrain.

Quand le serpent de la Vipere sort,
La mere meurt, & il vit par son aage:
Qui parle trop se prepare la mort,
Et donne vie son parler volage.

Notes:

1. This same image is used in Bze, no. 32 ([FBEb032]), but to convey a different idea.


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