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De fertilité à soy dommageable.

Prosopopoeie.

Je noyer suis par la cure rustique
Pour les enfans mis au chemin publicque
Tout despoillé de branches, & d’escorce
Frappe je suis de fonde à toute force.
Quoy pis pourroy-je avoir sterile? Helas
Je porte fruict à mon triste soulas.[1]

Avoir des enfans est joye naturelle: mais dommagea
ble, & de grand regret, quand ilz sont cause de la destru
ction, du deshonneur, ou de la mort de leurs peres, &
meres. Comme le fruict du noyer faict batre, rompre, &
esbrancher son tige, & estoc duquel il est procrée.

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1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.3, see also Aesop, Fables 152.


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AMOR FILIORUM.

Love of one’s children

Ante diem vernam boreali cana palumbes,
Frigore nidificat, praecoqua & ova fovet.
Mollius & pulli ut iaceant sibi vellicat alas,
Queîs nuda hyberno deficit ipsa gelu.[1]
Ecquid Colchi pudet, vel te Procne improba mortem?
Cum volucris propriae prolis amore subit?[2]

Before the day of spring, the wood-pigeon, all white with winter snow, builds her nest and cherishes her premature eggs. To make her chicks lie more softly, she plucks her own wing-feathers, and stripped of them, she herself perishes from the wintry frost. Woman of Colchis, do you feel any shame? Or you, heartless Procne? - when a bird submits to death out of love for her own offspring.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.95.

2.  Both Medea (the woman of Colchis) and Procne killed their own children. They are the legendary infamous child-killers. See [A50a070] notes for Procne, [A34a097] notes for Medea.


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