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Plus sage que Eloquent.

La Chouete est mise es armes d’Athenes
De bon conseil signe, en choses haultaines.
Pource à Pallas sacrée, Office garde
D’ond fut mise hors la Corneille languarde.[1]

La Chouete representoit Prudence taisible es armes
d’Athenes, université de Sapience. Car comme la
Chouete chante peu: & voit clair de nuict: ainsi le
Prudent parle peu, & cognoist les choses [=obscures] obscure.

Notes:

1.  The crow was dismissed from Athena’s service for telling tales, and was replaced by the owl. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.562-5. This story is represented in Aneau, ‘Periculum in terra, periculum in mari’ ([FANa029]).


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Prudentes.

The Wise.

Iane bifrons, qui iam transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & ante vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an quòd
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

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1.  quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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