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Contra quegli, che danno ricetto a huomini malvagi, e homicidiali.

Against those who give shelter to evil and murderous men.


E’dovunque nel porta ogni sentiero,
Cinto d’huomini al mal sempre rivolti
Elpidio, e se ne va gonfio & altero
Perche a la mensa sua mangiano molti.
Ma lacerato da suoi partigiani,
Qual novello Atheon da proprii cani.


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MALEDICENTIA.

Evil speaking

Emblema. 51.

Archilochi[1] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[2] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Notes:

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).

2. ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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