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VICES

Contre victoire acquise par fraude.

Prosopopoeie.

Sur le tombeau d’Ajax, je vertu pleure,
Ayant rompu ma blanche cheveleure.
Cela restoit que fusse condamnée
Par Juges Grecz,[1] Fraude pour droict donnée.

Par les traistres, & faulx Juges, le bon droict est ren
versé, & le tort exaulcé. Comme au proces des
armes d’Achilles, entre Ajax, & Ulysses, adjugées
à celuy auquel point n’appartenoyent.

Notes:

1.  The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, see [A58a027].


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CAPTIVUS OB GULAM.

Caught by greed

Regnator poenus, & mensae corrosor[1] herilis,
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Quîs teneram opponens[2] barbam falsa ossa momordit
Illa recluserunt[3] tacta repente domum.
Depraensum & tetro tenuerunt carcere furem,
Semet in obscurum qui dederat tumulum.[4]

A mouse, king of the pantry, nibbler at the master’s table, saw oysters with their shells just slightly open. Applying his sensitive whiskers, he nibbled the deceptive bone. The oysters, when touched, suddenly slammed shut their house and held the thief, caught red-handed, in a noisome prison, a thief who had put himself into a lightless tomb.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: Regnatorque penus, mensaeque arrosor.

2.  Later editions read apponens.

3.  Textual variant: Ast ea clauserunt.

4.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.


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