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Sçavant ne doit contre sçavant
parler.

XCIX.

Tu as tort, petit Arondelle,
De prendre ceste joli’ beste,
La cigale, la chanterelle,
Faisant comme toy bruit & feste.[1]
Comme toy est en printemps preste,
Comme toy vole sans nuisance.
Musique estre doit si honneste,
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K1v p146] Que l’un jamais l’autre n’offense.

commentaires.

Alciat tanse rudement l’arondelle qui avoit pris
une cigale, pour la porter pour viande à ses petits.
Et toy & elle, dit-il, avez un chant esclatant &
argentin, vous nous venez toutes deux voir en esté,
toutes deux estes hostesses des hommes, vous avez
toutes deux des aisles: en somme vous estes oiseau &
l’un & l’autre. Desfay toy plustost de telle proye, &
la laisse aller. C’est une chose inique & injurieuse,
que Musiciens d’une mesme condition se dressent
embusches les uns aux autres. Vous nous apportez
toutes deux l’esté par vostre venuë, qui est la saison
de toute joye & plaisir.

Notes:

1.  The reference is to the legend of Procne’s metamorphosis into a swallow. See [FALe074]. For swallows catching cicadas, see Aelian, De natura animalium 8.6.


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  • music [48C7] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • discussion, dialogue, dispute ~ scholar, philosopher [49C40] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Similarity, Likeness [51B2] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Eloquence; 'Eloquenza', 'Fermezza & Gravit� dell'Oratione' (Ripa) [52D3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Disagreement, Discord; 'Discordia' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54EE31(+4):51B3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • Philomela, Procne and Tereus changed into nightingale, swallow, hoopoe (or hawk): Tereus seeks to kill Philomela and Procne for having slain his son; in their flight the two sisters are changed into a nightingale and a swallow; Tereus is changed into a ho [97DD23] Search | Browse Iconclass

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ELOQUENTIA FORTITU-
dine praestantior.[1]

Eloquence superior to strength

Arcum leva tenet, rigidam fert dextera clavam,
Contegit & Nemees corpora nuda leo.
Herculis haec igitur facies? non convenit illud,
Quòd vetus & senio tempora cana gerit.
Quid quod lingua illi levibus traiecta cathenis,
Quîs fissa facili allicit aure viros.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E6v]An ne quod Alcyden lingua non robore Galli,
Praestantem populis iura dedisse ferunt.
Cedunt arma togae,[2] & quamvis durissima corda,
Eloquio pollens ad sua vota trahit.

His left hand holds a bow, his right hand a stout club, the lion of Nemea clothes his bare body. So this is a figure of Hercules. But he is old and his temples grizzled with age - that does not fit. What of the fact that his tongue has light chains passing through it, by which he draws men along with ready ears pierced? The reason is surely that the Gauls say that Alceus’ descendant excelled in eloquence rather than might and gave laws to the nations. - Weapons yield to the arts of peace, and even the hardest of hearts the skilled speaker can lead where he will.

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1.  This epigram is closely based on Lucian’s essay, The Gallic Hercules.

2.  Cf. Cicero’s notorious line, Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea linguae, ‘Let weapons yield to the arts of peace, let laurels yield to eloquence’ (quoted in Quintilian, Institutio oratoria 11.1.24).


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