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Qui s’emende dict en ce point.
qu’ay je faict trop,
ou peu, ou point
?

Le noble auteur de la secte Italicque
Mist en briefz vers sa doctrine Mysticque.[1]
Qu’ay je faict trop, ou peu, ou point. entendre
Voulant chescun a soy tel compte rendre.
Ce qu’il apprint par les Grues volantes
Qui en leurs piedz portent pierres pesantes.[2]
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [C4r p39]Pour n’arrester, & n’estre au vent ravies.
Ainsi regir fault des hommes les vies.

Tout vice, & default gist, ou en faire mal, que
est trop faire: ou laisser le bien, que est,
point faire, ou ne faire assez bien son
debvoir, que est trop peu faire, de-
quoy les Grues donnent exemple, qui en vol-
lant portent pierres, pour n’estre trop arrestan-
tes en l’air, ne trop peu pesantes l’arbitre du
vent. Et de ces trois choses doibt chescun la
fin du jour rendre compte soymesme.

Notes:

1. ‘Founder of the Italian sect’, i.e. Pythagoras. Born in Samos, he emigrated in 531 BC to Croton in South Italy, where he founded a religious/philosophical sect.

2. Cranes wisely carrying stones as ballast are likened to men of foresight in Suidas (i.e, the Suda), s.v. geranos. Other reasons were suggested by ancient writers for this habit


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Prudentes.

The Wise.

Iane bifrons, qui iam transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & ante vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an qud
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

Notes:

1. quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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