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De bien en mieulx.

En l’an nouvel me feit ung Paysant
D’ung groing de porc estraine,[1] en me disant.
Le porc foillant tousjours advence pas:
Et ne recule, en cherchant son repas.
Mesme cure est aulx hommes: Qu’esperance
Ne tire arriere, mais plus oultre s’advance.[2]

Rusticque comparaison d’ung Porceau à L’Empe-
reur Charles le quint, sur la sentence de sa devise
plus oultre: donnant à entendre, qu’il fault
tousjours proceder de bien en mieulx.

Notes:

1.  For pork as a seasonal present at the Saturnalia (17-23 December), see Martial, Epigrams, 14.71: ‘This pig, fattened on acorns among the foaming boars, will make your Saturnalia happy’.

2.  ulterius. This, the last word of the epigram in the original Latin, is written on the back of the boar in the pictura, where it suggests the meaning ‘ever onward’. Ulterius is sometimes used as a device of Charles V.


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AERE QUANDOQUE SALU
tem redimendam.

Sometimes money must be spent to purchase safety

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Et pedibus segnis, tumida & propendulus alvo,
Hac tamen insidias effugit arte fiber.
Mordicus ipse sibi medicata virilia vellit,
Atque abiicit sese gnarus ob illa peti,
Huius ab exemplo disces non parcere rebus,
Et vitam ut redimas hostibus aera dare.[1]

Though slow of foot and with swollen belly hanging down, the beaver nonetheless escapes the ambush by this trick: it tears off with its teeth its testicles, which are full of a medicinal substance, and throws them aside, knowing that it is hunted for their sake. - From this creature’s example you will learn not to spare material things, and to give money to the enemy to buy your life.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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