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In amatores meretricum.

Those who give their affection to whores

Villosae indutus piscator tegmina caprae,
Addidit ut capiti cornua bina suo,
Fallit amatorem stans summo in littore Sargum[1],
In laqueos simi quem gregis ardor agit.
Capra refert scortum, similis fit Sargus amanti,
Qui miser obscoeno captus amore perit.

When a fisherman has dressed himself in a shaggy she-goat skin and placed twin horns on his head, he stands at the edge of the beach, and tricks the passionate sargus, whom desire for the snub-nosed herd drives into the trap. - The she-goat represents the whore, the sargue is like the lover, who perishes, wretched fellow, in the toils of unwholesome love.

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Aux amoureux des putaines.

Sargus poisson aymant la Chievre,
Veit ung pescheur ainsi vestu,
Il prend a coup damours la fievre,
Et sest aux filez embatu:
Cecy monstre a maint fol testu,
Que aux latz damours ne se doibt rendre,
Car apres dommage sentu,
Temps nest plus de saigesse entendre.


1.  A sort of fish, possibly the sea-bream, believed to be unable to resist the smell of she-goats. See Aelian, De natura animalium 1.23.

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