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Imparilité.

Comme ung faulcon hault volle, l’air passant,
Cane, Oye, & Gay par terre vont paissant,
Ainsi Pindar, en ses dictz les cieulx passe.
Bacchylides escript en forme basse.[1]

Pindar le plus excellent des neuf Graecz Poë-
tes Lyricz, escript en style tres haultain Bacchi
lydes
(aultrement doulx Poëte) escript en bas,
& humble style. Par lesquelz est monstrée im
parilite de personnes, en mesme estat. par simi
litude des oyseaulx hault volans, ou bas allans.

Notes:

1.  The first two lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).


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    In nothos.

    Bastards

    EMBLEMA CXXXIX.

    Herculeos spurii semper celebretis honores:
    Nam vestri princeps ordinis ille fuit.[1]
    Nec prius esse Deus potuit,[2] quàm suggeret infans
    Lac, sibi quod fraudis nescia Iuno dabat.[3]

    Bastards, you should always celebrate the honours of Hercules, for he was the chief of your line. He could not become a god until as a babe he sucked the milk which Juno was giving him, unaware that she was being tricked.

    Notes:

    1.  Hercules was fathered by Jupiter on Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon of Thebes, and became his father’s favourite. Juno, wife of Jupiter, in jealousy pursued Hercules with implacable hatred.

    2.  After all his Labours (see previous emblem) and other exploits, Hercules, by the will of Jupiter, was received among the gods. See e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses, 9.156ff; Cicero, De officiis, 3.25.

    3.  For the story of Juno tricked by Jupiter into suckling the loathed Hercules see Pausanias, 9.25.2. This divine milk apparently counteracted Hercules’ illegitimate birth which otherwise disqualified him for heaven. See Erasmus, Adagia, 2070 (Ad Cynosarges).


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