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Emulation non louable.

LXIX.

Quand l’aigle monte en l’air, le milan fait devoir
De la suyvre, & happer ce qu’elle laisse choir.[1]
Le sargue suit aussi le rouget,[2] & attrappe
La viande & le butin, qui au premier eschappe.
Ainsi ma trace suit le borgne engoulevin,
Qui cuide bien voir clair en tout le droit Latin.
Mais quand il monte en chaire, & qu’au public il sert,
Souvent l’auditoire est d’escholiers tout desert.

Commentaires.

Alciat en veut un ignorant docteur en droit
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [P2r p227] que quelques uns ont estim s’appeler Alexandrin.
Alciat l’appelle beuveur de vin, mesdisant, envieux,
& peu savant: lequel, quoy qu’il fust grand beste
se faisoit toutesfois bien accroire qu’il estoit habile
homme. Le milan & l’aigle, sont oiseaux qui devo-
rent beaucoup, comme aussi font le sargue & le rou-
get. Le milan suit l’aigle, & le sargue le rouget,
fin qu’ils attrappent sans peine & sans travail, ce
qui eschappe aux vaillans & hardis, qui ont fait la
conqueste.

Notes:

1. For the association of the kite and the hawk see Aristotle, Historia animalium, 9.1.609.

2. For the sargue see Emblem ([FALd029]). For its habit of following the mudfish and eating the food it disturbs as it burrows in the mud, see Pliny, Natural History, 9.30.65; Erasmus, Parabolae, p. 253.


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    Principis clementia.

    Clemency in a ruler

    EMBLEMA CXLIX.

    Vesparum qud nulla unquam rex spicula figet,[1]
    Qudque aliis duplo corpore maior erit:
    Arguet imperium clemens moderataque regna,
    Sanctaque iudicibus credita iura bonis.

    The king of the wasps will never implant any sting and will be twice as big as the rest. This will be a sign of mild dominion, a disciplined kingdom, and inviolable law entrusted to good judges.

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    1. According to Pliny, Natural History, 11.21.74, wasps do not have ‘kings’: it is the ‘mother’ wasps that are without stings. On the other hand, the ‘king’ bee (the ancients believed the queen bee to be male) and its lack of sting, or refusal to use its sting, was often mentioned; e.g. Aelian, De natura animalium, 5.10; Pliny, ibid., 17.52. For the analogy with kingship, see e.g. Seneca, De Clementia, 1.19; Erasmus, Adagia, 2601 (Scarabaeus aquilam quaerit).


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