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A minimis quoque timendum.

Beware of even the weakest foe

Bella gerit Scarabaeus, & hostem provocat ultro,
Robore & inferior consilio superat.
Nam plumis Aquilae clam se neque cognitus abdit,
Hostilem ut nidum summa per astra petat.
Ovaque confodiens prohibet spem crescere prolis,
Hocque modo illatum dedecus ultus abit.[1]

The scarab beetle is waging war and takes the challenge to its foe. Though inferior in physical strength, it is superior in strategy. It hides itself secretly in the eagle’s feathers without being felt, in order to attack its enemy’s nest across the lofty skies. It bores into the eggs and prevents the hoped-for offspring from developing. And then it departs, having thus avenged the insult inflicted on it.

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Des petitz se doit lon doubter.

Laigle eust au cerf volant debat:
Dont elle fait bien peu de compte,
Comme petit pour son combat.
Mais lautre emmy les plumes monte.
Ainsi porte fut de esle prompte
Au nid, ou tous les oeufz il casse.
Moins fort de corps, par art surmonte.
Souvent nuyt condition basse.

Notes:

1.  For the feud between the eagle and the beetle, see Aesop, Fables 4; Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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Les plus petitz sont aussi à craindre.

L’escharbot faict guerre à L’aigle, & l’assault:
Et moindre en force, en finesse plus vault:
Car dens la plume abscons de L’aigle mis,
Porter se faict au nid des ennemis,
Puys rompt les oeufz: gardant faons de croistre:
Ainsi s’en va, vengé se voyant estre.[1]

Mortelle Inimitie naturelle est entre L’aigle tresnoble oy-
seau: & l’Escharbot tresvile, & orde beste, qui pour venger le
despris de L’aigle, se cache en ses plumes, & porté au nid, casse
les oeufz, & empesche generation, & multiplication des Aigles.
Par laquelle nature, on cognoit estre vray ce qu’on dict. il
n’est nul petit ennemy.

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1.  For the feud between the eagle and the beetle, see Aesop, Fables 4; Erasmus, Adagia 2601, Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit.


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