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Envie.

LXIIII.

Une orde femme vois, qui de serpents se gorge,
A qui les yeux font mal,[1] qui son coeur ronge en gorge,
Maigre, pasle au possible, & qui porte un baston
Espineux, sçaches que l’Envie ainsi peinct on.[2]

Commentaires.

Alciat peind icy Envie de toutes ses vives couleurs,
disant, qu’elle a les yeux malins, quelle se repaist de
poison, & de despit qu’elle a que les autres prosperent,
elle mange son propre coeur. Elle s’esjouit du mal
d’autruy, & s’en nourrit. Les animaux venimeux,
s’ils se nourrissent de poison, ils en deviennent beau-
coup plus venimeux. mais les meschantes oeuvres de
l’envieux, luy retournent en fin sur sa propre teste.

Notes:

1.  A qui les yeux font mal is a proverbial expression, referring to the pain of seeing what one does not like.

2.  This description is taken from Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.760ff., a depiction of the House of Envy.


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    Mesdisance.

    Sur le tombeau d’Archiloc,[1] Guespes sont,
    Qui signe vray de malle bouche font.

    Archiloc, Poëte Graec Iambic, en ses escriptz armé
    de mesdisance, represenre tous hommes mesdisans
    de parolle, ou d’escript, au reste à bien faire inutil-
    les, telles que sont les Guespes, qui en grand bruit
    murmurantes, picquent tresaigrement, & ne font
    miel, ne cire.

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    1.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).


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