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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 EUM QUI SIBI IPSI[1]
    damnum apparat.

    One who brings about his own downfall

    Capra lupum non sponte meo nunc ubere lacto,
    Quod male pastoris provida cura iubet.[2]
    Creverit ille simul, mea me[3] post ubera pascet,
    Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[4]

    I am a goat giving suck against my will - to a wolf. The improvident kindness of the shepherd makes me do this. Once the wolf has grown, after feeding at my teats, he will then eat me. Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered.

    Notes:

    1.  Textual variant: ‘ipsi’ omitted.

    2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

    3.  Corrected from the Errata.

    4.  ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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