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L’aultruy ne fault commettre: à qui ha mal
traicté le sien.


O fol oyseau: pourquoy ton nid babastis
Au seing Medée, & commetz tes petitz?
Mere cruelle occit les enfans siens:
Esperes tu qu’elle pardonne aulx tiens?[1]

Gouvernement, ou public, ou privé ne doibt estre
commis à celluy qui ha mal administré sa propre cho
se. Et est cecy prins sur une arondelle nidifiant au
gyron d’une statue de Medée, qui tua ses enfans.


1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.346, a much-translated epigram, on the subject of a swallow that built her nest on a representation of Medea, who slew her children by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to avenge his unfaithfulness. See further CHECK [A58a072].

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