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Avarice.

LXV.

Tantale en l’eau plongé, est de la soif pressé.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O8v p224] Ayant pommes au nez est de faim harassé.
C’est à toy povre avare, à qui cecy s’addresse,
Qui ayant tant de biens, en amasses sans cesse,
Qui souvent d’aspre faim & grieve soif languis,
Ne voulant entamer tant de thresors acquis.

Commentaires.

La convoitise des biens mondains, si elle n’est as-
saisonnee de quelque contentement, est beacoup plus
dangereuse, qu’une extreme povreté. Tantale ne peut
appaiser sa soif, quoy qu’il soit entouré d’eaux: ny
estaindre sa faim, quoy qu’il soit environné de pom-
mes. C’est le vray type des avares, qui se rendans be-
listres en leur abondance, parmi leurs grands biens
souffrent les maux de la pauvreté.


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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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