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Ce qu’est sur nous, est rien à nous.[1]

Au mont caucas Prometheus[2] estaché
A foye, & coeur par un Aigle arraché,
Et se repend d’avoir l’homme formé,
Damnant le feu par larcin allumé.
Des sages sont rongez coeurs curieux,
Voulans savoir la volunté des Dieux.

Les gens trop curieux, en occulte philosophie, com
me Astrologie judiciaire, Magie, & toute Mantie,
ou menterie, ont le coeur rongé par sollicitude, trop
affiix [=] , & estachéz à leur inquisition secrette.

Notes:

1.  See Erasmus, Adagia 569, Quae supra nos nihil ad nos.

2.  The Titan Prometheus appears in myth as the champion of men against the ill-will of Zeus. According to one account, he moulded man out of clay. Again, when Zeus withheld fire from mortals, Prometheus ascended to heaven and stole fire from the chariot of the sun for the benefit of men. As a perpetual punishment, Prometheus was put in chains and suspended from a rock in the Caucasus, where an eagle, the sacred bird of Zeus, in the day-time consumed his liver, which renewed itself every night. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.82ff; Hesiod, Theogony 561ff.


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La coupe de Nestor.

Apostrophe, et Probleme.

Reçoy en don la coupe de Nestor
A double ventre argentin, & cloux d’or,[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H6r p123] Ou autour sont quatre anses d’or, fort belles,
Et sur chascune, autant de colombelles.
Le vieil Nestor la pouvoit seul lever:
Quoy par cela veult Homere prouver?
La Coupe, C’est le ciel, blanc comme argent:
Estoiles sont les cloux d’or refulgent:
Colombes sont Pleïades, & leur course:[2]
Deux omblicz sont la grande, & petite ourse.
Nestor prudent scet ce par long usage.
Preux font la guerre. Astres connoist le sage.

Par la Coupe de Nestor ainsi devisée en Ho-
mere
, est signifiée Astronomie Art venue de
longue & accienne [=ancienne] observation. Science de
certain conseil, & qui es grandz faictz plus
peut, & vaut que force corporelle.

Notes:

1.  Nestor’s bowl is described at Homer, Iliad, 11.632-7. Only Nestor, for all his great age (see Emblem 25. n.4, [A58a025]) could lift it when full. For the interpretation of Nestor’s cup (or mixing bowl) given here, see Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, 11.487 F ff.

2.  The Greek word for ‘doves’ is πελειάδες.


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