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Par argent quelque fois fault
rachepter sa vie.

APOSTROPHE.

Le Bievre gros en ventre, & en piedz lasche
Se saulve, ainsi quand sur luy chiens on lasche:
Ses medicaulx coillons arrache, & mord,
Sachant pour eulx estre cherché à mort.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M5v p185]Par tel exemple appren à n’espargner
Perdre largent [=l’argent] , pour la vie gaigner.[1]

A l’exemple du Bievre (dict Ca-
stor,) qui ses coillons arrachéz
à ses propres dents, laisseau ve-
neur, & aulx chiens, pour sauver
le corps: Nous sommes admon
nestez de n’espargner en cas de
necessité toutz biens de Fortu
ne, & Nature, dond on se puisse
passer pour saulver le principal,
qu’est la vie.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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AERE QUANDOQUE SALU
tem redimendam.

Sometimes money must be spent to purchase safety

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Et pedibus segnis, tumida & propendulus alvo,
Hac tamen insidias effugit arte fiber.
Mordicus ipse sibi medicata virilia vellit,
Atque abiicit sese gnarus ob illa peti,
Huius ab exemplo disces non parcere rebus,
Et vitam ut redimas hostibus aera dare.[1]

Though slow of foot and with swollen belly hanging down, the beaver nonetheless escapes the ambush by this trick: it tears off with its teeth its testicles, which are full of a medicinal substance, and throws them aside, knowing that it is hunted for their sake. - From this creature’s example you will learn not to spare material things, and to give money to the enemy to buy your life.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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