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In receptatores sicariorum.[1]

Those who harbour cut-throats

Latronum furumque manus tibi Scaeva[2] per urbem
It comis [=comes] , & diris cincta cohors gladiis.
Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige cènses,
Quòd tua complureis allicit olla malos.
En novus Actaeon, qui postquàm cornua sumpsit,
In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[3]

An evil-minded band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N6r p203]

Receptateurs dhomicides.

Gens apres toy avec espees,
(Dont plusieurs ont gaigne le pendre,
Ou davoir oreilles coppees)
Te font cornes au chef extendre,
Mais il ten pourra ainsi prandre,
En nourrissant telz ruffiens,
Que a Acteon: qui (faict cerf tendre)
Fust devore de tous ces chiens.

Notes:

1.  Before the 1536 edition, Wechel editions used an earlier version of the woodcut in which the horns were more like a goat than a deer’s antlers.

2.  Scaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

3.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P3r p229]

Eloquence est plus excellente que force.[1]

Probleme.

Masse en main dextre, en senestre arc cornu,
Et du Lyon la peau couvrant corps nu,
C’est d’Hercules la forme, Mais tel art
Pas ne convient: qu’il soit chaulve, & vieillard.
La langue aussi de chainetes persée,
D’ond par l’oreille attraict gent, non forcée,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P3v p230] Est ce pourtant que par faconde voix,
(Et non par force) aulx peuples donna loix?
Armes font place aux lettres. Car des coeurs
(Tant soient ilz durs) Eloquens sont vinqueurs.

C’est la description Lucianicque de Hercu-
les le Francois
, Par laquelle estoit figuré.
que Hercules avoit tant de peuples mis en son
obeissance, & tant de monstres, & tyrans
surmontéz par vive eloquence, & savoir le
gitime, & constitution de justes loix, Toutes
lesquelles choses les Grecz hont depuys de-
guisée [=deguisées] en faictz d’armes, & appropriées à
leur Hercules Grec, filz d’Alcmena.

Notes:

1.  This epigram is closely based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.


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