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Par conseil, & vertu, les plus fors trompeurs
estre surmontez.

Apostrophe.

Bellerophon, comme preux Chevalier
Peut la Chimere en pieces detailler.[1]
Et ainsi toy, sur Pegas hault volant
Tu vas par l’air les fiers monstres foulant.

La fabuleuse histoire de Bellerophon qui surmonta
la Chimere (mont inaccessible) donne à entendre
que adresse, & conseil valent mieulx que force.[2]

Notes:

1.  The King of Lycia imposed on Bellerophon, among other tasks, that of killing the Chimaera, a fire-breathing monster with a lion’s head, serpent’s tail and goat’s body. He achieved this last with the aid of the winged horse Pegasus, which Athena, goddess of wisdom, helped him to catch.

2.  The name Bellerophon was interpreted by some as ‘bringer of counsel’. The Chimaera symbolised various uncontrolled passions.


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Sobrement vivre: & non follement croire.

Apostrophe.

Ne voy, ne croy, (ha Epicharme escrit)[1]
Ce sont les nerfz, & membres de l’esprit
L’oeil en main,[2] croit la chose qu’il voit sienne,
Poulieu, herbe est de Sobresse ancienne:
Lequel monstré (Quand la force exposa)
Sedition Heraclit appaisa.[3]

Ne trop boire, ne trop croire font l’homme sage, l’oei [=oeil]
en la main est certitude des choses veues, & touchées
Poulieu, est herbe gardant de soif, & d’yvrongnerie

Notes:

1.  The saying is quoted in Polybius, The Histories, 18.40.

2.  See Plautus, Asinaria, 202: ‘our hands always have eyes - seeing is believing for them’; Erasmus, Adagia, 73 (Oculatae manus).

3.  For this incident concerning the sixth-century BC philosopher Heraclitus, see Plutarch, De garrulitate, 511C: when faced with a discordant mob, Heraclitus said nothing but took a cup of cold water, sprinkled on barley-meal and stirred it with a sprig of pennyroyal. Pennyroyal represents modest fare, contentment and control. Cf. Emblem 175 (CHECK), line 8. Heraclitus lived on a diet of herbs. For his pessimistic view of life see Emblem 142 (CHECK).


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