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D’Archiloque[1] au tumbeau la guespe est engravee,
Pour monstrer que sa langue estoit envenimee.


Archiloque fut si picquant & mordant en sa
poŽsie, que par ses poignants jambes il contraignit
Lycambe, son beau pere, de s’aller estrangler. De lŗ
est venu qu’on a appelť Archiloques tous ceux qui
ont escrit d’un stile ainsi venimeux. Les guespes sont
engravees sur son tumbeau, non seulement pource
qu’elles sont enrouŽes & mordantes, mais aussi pour-
ce que d’elles on ne tire ny plaisir ny proffit.


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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