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Aulx defaillans.

APOSTROPHE.

Diffamé has entrée bonne, & haulte
Par fin mauvaise: & mis debvoir en faulte.
Comme une chievre au laict son pot rompant,
Du pied dernier ses propres biens respand.

Comme quelque fois une chievre ayant rem-
pli ung pot de son laict: en ruant du pied derrie
re le casse: & espand toute la traicte. Ainsi plu-
sieurs ayans commencé quelque bonne entre-
prinse, ou bel ouvrage font sur la fin une lour-
de faulte, qui diffame tout le commencement.
comme Tibere, & Neron feirent en leur em-
pire, allant en pire de jour en jour.


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    La desigualdad.

    TERCETOS.

    Como à sublime buelo se levanta
    El halcon, y en la tierra se apacienta
    El anade, y el anser, con el grajo
    Ansi con verso Pindaro se asienta
    En el supremo çielo, y solo canta
    Bacchilides un son muy rudo y bajo.[1]

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    1.  The first three lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).


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