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Contre les retrayeurs de brigandz.

Apostrophe.

Larrons brigandz suytte d’armes garnie
Te faict par ville (O Pompard) compagnie.
Ainsi prodigue estre anobly tu penses
Par telz mauvais, qui suyvent pour leurs panses:
Puis qu’ainsi has prins cornes: de tes chiens
Mangé seras, comme Acteon des siens.[1]

On fainct Acteon avoir esté mué en cerf, & mangé
par ses propres chiens. Ainsi ceulx, qui pour contre-
faire les nobles, entretiennent espadaciers, & levent
les cornes d’oultrecuidance, deviennent serfs à leurs
gens, & leur bien est finalement par iceulx consommé.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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Dolus in suos.

Treachery against one’s own kind.

EMBLEMA L.

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Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis,
Assueta ad dominos ire redire suos,
Congeneres cernens volitare per aera turmas,
Garrit, in illarum se recipitque gregem,
Praetensa incautas donec sub retia ducat:
Obstrepitant captae, conscia at ipsa silet.
Perfida cognato se sanguine polluit ales,
Officiosa aliis, exitiosa suis.[1]

The well-fed decoy duck with its green-blue wings is trained to go out and return to its masters. When it sees squadrons of its relations flying through the air, it quacks and joins itself to the flock, until it can draw them, off their guard, into the outspread nets. When caught they raise a protesting clamour, but she, knowing what she has done, keeps silence. The treacherous bird defiles itself with related blood, servile to others, deadly to its own kind.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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