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Maledicentia.

Evil speaking

EMBLEMA LI.

Archilochi[1] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[2] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Notes:

1.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).

2.  ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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SECOND LIVRE DES
Emblemes d’Alciat.

Contre ceux qui s’enrichissent du
dommage publique.

I.

Qui veut aux anguilles pescher,
Ne cherche pas l’eau belle & claire:
Elle luy seroit trop contraire:
Il luy faut l’eau trouble cercher.
Ainsi ces gros loups ravissans,
Qui engloutissent les petits,
En paix ne font pas leurs proffits:
Mais la guerre les rend puissans.[1]

Commentaires.

Cecy est prins de la fable d’Esope, où le pescheur
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L4v p168] dit, qu’il luy faudroit mourir de faim, s’il ne troubloit
l’eau, à fin que les poissons s’enfuyans, se jectassent plus
facilement dans ses filets. Helas, Combien y a-il de
gents, qui ressemblent à ce pescheur, lesquels pour fai-
re leur proffit, & remplir leurs bourses, sement des trou-
bles & divisions és royaumes & republiques, qui
bien souvent en sont desolees & ruïnees: où aussi
Dieu permet que le troubleur mesme y demeure en-
veloppé.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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