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Invidia.

Envy

LXIIII.

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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    Mesdisance.

    LXVII.

    D’Archiloque[1] au tumbeau la guespe est engravee,
    Pour monstrer que sa langue estoit envenimee.

    Commentaires.

    Archiloque fut si picquant & mordant en sa
    poŽsie, que par ses poignants jambes il contraignit
    Lycambe, son beau pere, de s’aller estrangler. De lŗ
    est venu qu’on a appelť Archiloques tous ceux qui
    ont escrit d’un stile ainsi venimeux. Les guespes sont
    engravees sur son tumbeau, non seulement pource
    qu’elles sont enrouŽes & mordantes, mais aussi pour-
    ce que d’elles on ne tire ny plaisir ny proffit.

    Notes:

    1.Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).


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