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Trahison contre les siens.

Cane privée, & de gris emplumée
Aller, venir aux siens accoustumée
Voyant voler les sauvages ensemble,
Et cacquetant, avec elles s’assemble,
Tant qu’aulx filletz tenduz elle les dresse.
Prinses, font cry, Lors se taist la traistresse,
Et se pollut du sang de sa semblable,
Mortelle aux siens, aux aultres proufitable.[1]

Similitude des Canes domesticques, attirantes les
saulvages es filetz: aulx traistres Ganelons, qui
rendent ceulx de leur propre nation, gent, pais,
maison & sang, entre les mains de leurs enne-
mis mortelz.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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    In fraudulentos.

    Deceivers

    EMBLEMA XLIX.

    Parva lacerta, atris stellatus corpora guttis
    Stellio,[1] qui latebras, & cava busta colit,
    Invidiae, pravique doli fert symbola pictus.
    Heu nimium nuribus cognita Zelotypis.
    Nam turpi obtegitur faciem lentigine quisquis,
    Sit quibus immersus stellio, vina bibat.[2]
    Hinc vindicta frequens decepta pellice vino,
    Quam formae amisso flore relinquit amans.

    The little lizard, called the ‘starred’ gecko from the dark star-shaped marks sprinkled all over its body, a creature that lurks in holes and hollow tombs, is pictured here and presents symbols of resentment and wicked deception, known only too well to jealous wives. For anyone who drinks wine in which a spotted gecko has been soaked comes out in ugly spots all over the face. This is often a way of taking revenge - the husband’s fancy woman is tricked with wine, and, when the flower of her beauty is gone, her lover abandons her.

    Notes:

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

    2.  Nam turpi...vina bibat, ‘anyone who drinks wine...all over the face’. See Pliny, Natural History, 29.22.73.


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