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Ne faut blesser aucun par faict ny par parole.

XIII.

Nemesis suit les pas des gents,
Tenant son coude, & une bride:
O sont significats urgents:
Car le frein droit sentier guide,
Voulant que ta langue soit vuide
D’injures & mors l’insolence:
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [B4r p23] Et son bras qu’elle tient solide,
Defend mal faict & violence.[1]

commentaires.

Nemesis, Deesse d’indignation & de despit, prend
vengeance des malicieux & des superbes. De la gau-
che elle tient une bride, & de la droite elle tient son
coude gauche. Elle veut par l signifier, qu’il ne nous
faut pas seulement garder de mal faire, mais aussi
qu’il nous faut refrener nostre langue, fin que nous
ne facions ou disions rien, qui nous puisse nuire, ou
nos prochains.

Notes:

1. This epigram is based on Anthologia graeca 16.223-4.


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AMICITIA ETIAM POST MOR-
TEM DURANS.[1]

Friendship lasting even beyond death

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Arentem senio, nudam quoque frontibus [=frondibus] ulmum,
Complexa est viridi vitis opaca coma.[2]
Agnoscitque vices naturae & grata parenti.
Officii reddit mutua iura suo.
Exemploque monet, tales non [=nos] quaerere amicos,
Quos neque disiungat foedere summa dies.

A vine shady with green foliage embraced an elm tree that was dried up with age and bare of leaves. The vine recognises the changes wrought by nature and, ever grateful, renders to the one that reared it the duty it owes in return. By the example it offers, the vine tells us to seek friends of such a sort that not even our final day will uncouple them from the bond of friendship.

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1. See Erasmus’ famous variations on this theme in De copia (CWE 24. pp. 354-64).

2. In ancient Italy young vines were often supported by elm trees. See Vergil, Georgics 1.2.


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