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Contre les fraudulens.

Le Stellion[1] ha mainte noire goutte
Petit Lezard, qui dens les creux se boutte,
D’envie, & dol porte marques infames,
Las trop cogneu par les jalouses femmes:
Car qui vin boit ou estaindre l’on face
Un Stellion: lentileuse ha la face.
Ainsi par vin la beaulté effacée
La vengence est de L’amie laissée.

Nature ha mis apparentes enseignes du mal, es
bestes dangereuses, affin de s’en garder. Comme
au Stellion, petites marques & taches rousses es
parses comme estoilles, Lesquelles viennent au
visage de ceulx, & celles, qui ont beu vin ou soit
mort un Stellion. Et ainsi par telle fraude soubz
couleur de donner collation, Les jalouses fem-
mes deforment les beaulx visages de celles à qui
elles portent envie.

Notes:

1.  Latin equivalent of stellio, ‘the starred gecko’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 5.461 for the explanation of the name stellio.


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    REMEDIA IN ARDUO MALA.
    in prono esse.

    Remedies are hard, damage is easy

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    Aetheriis postquam deiecit sedibus Aten,
    Iupiter[1] heu vexat quàm mala noxa viros.
    Evolat haec pedibus celer & pernicibus alis,
    Intactumque nihil casibus esse sinit.
    Ergo litae proles Iovis hanc comitantur euntem,[2]
    Sarcturae quicquid fecerit illa mali.
    Sed quia segnipedes strabae[3] lassaeque senecta,
    Nil nisi post longo tempore restituunt.[4]

    Once Jupiter had cast Ate down from the heavenly abode, what an evil bane thereafter assailed poor man! Ate flies out fleet of foot with fast-beating wing and leaves nothing untouched by mishap. So Jove’s daughters, the Litae, accompany her as she goes, to mend whatever ill she has brought about. But they are slow-footed, poor of sight and weary with age, and so they restore nothing until later, after long passage of time.

    Notes:

    1.  ‘Jupiter had cast Ate down’. See Homer, Iliad 19. 125ff.

    2.  ‘the Litae accompany her’. See Homer, Iliad 9.502ff. Ate means ‘Mischief’, Litae, ‘Prayers’. Ate was cast out of Olympus to bring harm to mankind, a personification of humans being led astray. The Litae were a personification of prayers offered in repentance.

    3.  Textual variant: luscae.

    4.  The woodcut is puzzling. Possibly the monster is supposed to represent Ate; in later editions she appears as a harpy-like figure. The Litae feature, in later editions, as old women. The old man presumably represents the suffering of mankind.


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