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Les choses fermes ne se peuvent ar-
racher.

LVI.

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Ja soit qu’en nous venant chercher,
Turc estranger la Mer suscites:
Et que le Nil faces seicher,
En abbruvant tes exercites:
Si n’auras tu ja nos limites,
Tant que Charles garder les veuille.
Bien que le vent un Chesne excite,[1]
Il n’en remue que la feuille.

commentaires.

Cest embleme est faict à la louange de l’Empereur
Charles
cinquieme. Alciat dit donc, que si bien l’O-
cean, l’Afrique, les Barbares, & autres ennemis de
la Chrestienté se liguent & conspirent ensemble: si
bien leurs armees sont si grandes, que passans par pais
elles tarissent le Nil & autres rivieres qu’elles ren-
contrent en leur chemin, si ne pourront ces mescreans
endommager la Chrestienté, tandis que l’Empereur
Charles vivra: l’accomparant à un gros & puissant
chesne, lequel, combien qu’il soit assailli furieusement
par toute sorte de vents, ne laisse pas de demeurer
ferme & stable, ne perdant, au pis aller, que ses feuilles
seiches, qui quelques mois apres reviennent plus belles
& verdes qu’elles n’avoyent jamais esté.

Notes:

1.  Oaks were holy because sacred to Zeus, especially at his sanctuary at Dodona in Greece. See [FALe032]. The image of the dry leaves is already present in the Greek poem, but see also Vergil, Aeneid 4.441-4.


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CUM LARVIS NON LUCTAN-
DUM.[1]

Do not wrestle with the dead

Aeacide[2] moriens percussu cuspidis Hector[3],
Qui toties hosteis vicerat antè suos.
Comprimere haud potuit vocem insultantibus illis,
Dum curru & pedibus nectere vincla parant.
Distrahite ut libitum est sic cassi luce leonis,
Convellunt barbam vel timidi lepores.[4]

When he was dying from the wound dealt by the spear of Aeacus’ descendant, Hector, who had so often before defeated his own enemies, could not keep silent as they triumphed over him, while preparing to tie the ropes to chariot and feet. Tear me as you will, he said; when the lion is deprived of the light of life, even cowardly hares pluck his beard.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari.

2.  ‘of Aeacus’ descendant’, i.e. ‘of Achilles’. Textual variant: Aeacidae.

3.  Hector was the greatest warrior on the Trojan side in the Trojan War, killed in single combat by Achilles, the Greek champion. See Homer, Iliad 22.367ff. and 24.14ff. for Achilles’ desecration of Hector’s body, dragging it, tied by the feet behind his chariot, round the tomb of Patroclus.

4.  The last two lines are a translation of the two-line epigram Anthologia graeca 16.4, where, in Planudes’ text, the words are attributed to Hector in the heading.


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