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Gratiam referendam.

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Aërio insignis pietate Ciconia nido,
Investes pullos pignora grata fovet.
Taliaque expectat sibi munera mutua reddi,
Auxilio hoc quoties mater egebit anus.
Nec pia spem soboles fallit, sed fessa parentum
Corpora fert humeris, praestat & ore cibos.[1]

The stork, famed for its dutiful care, in its airy nest cherishes its featherless chicks, its dear pledges of love. The mother bird expects that the same kind of service will be shown her in return, whenever she needs such help in her old age. Nor does the dutiful brood disappoint this hope, but bears its parents’ weary bodies on its wings and offers food with its beak.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History 10.32.63: cranes care for their parents’ old age in their turn. See also Aelian, De natura animalium 3.23.


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Le devoir des bons Juges.

LXXXVIII.

De marbre une colonne en un tumbeau dressee,
Que tu vois d’une aiguiere & d’un seau entouree,
D’un juge entier & droit le sepulcre revele,
Qui les mains pures eut, & l’ame nette & belle.

Commentaires.

Le seau & l’esguiere sont le vray symbole d’un
juge entier & droiturier: car, estans mises sur son se-
pulcre, elles tesmoignent son equité & innocence en
l’administration de la justice. Quand ces vertus sont
en un juge, elles le rendent fort recommandable: mais
si elles n’y sont, il ne le faut plus tenir pour juge, mais
pour un impie & cruel bourreau. Un Juge se doit per-
petuellement souvenir, qu’il a Dieu pour juge, de
l’oeil duquel il ne se peut cacher. Le lavement des
mains estoit autresfois un ouvert tesmoignage d’in-
nocence. On dit que ceux ont les mains pures, qui
ont passé leur vie en toute integrité & droiture.


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