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INVIDIA.

Envy

Squallida vipereas manducans foemina carnes,
Cuique dolent oculi,[1] quaeque suum cor edit,
Quam macies, & pallor habent, spinosaque gestat
Tela manu. Talis pingitur invidia.[2]

A filthy woman chewing the flesh of vipers, whose eyes give her pain, who gnaws her own heart, in the grip of emaciation and pallor, carrying prickly sticks in her hand - thus is Envy depicted.

Notes:

1.  Oculi dolent is a proverbial expression, referring to the pain of seeing what one does not like.

2.  This description is taken from Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.760ff., a depiction of the House of Envy.


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Amour de soymesme .

Apostrophe.

Narcis: par trop te plaire en ta beaulté
Mué en fleur, sans sens tu has esté.[1]
Cuyder de soy est, & fut la ruine
De maints savans, Qui laissans la doctrine
Des anciens: aultre voye ont choisie,
Pour n’enseigner rien que leur phantaisie.

Trop cuyder de soy faict laisser le
mieulx des aultres, à la grand per-
te, & confusion de l’oultrecuyde.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Narcissus, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 3.344ff. On the flower, see Pliny, Natural History, 21.75.128: ‘there are two kinds of narcissus... The leafy one ... makes the head thick and is called narcissus from narce (numbness), not from the boy in the story.’ (cf. narcotic).


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