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Sur celluy qui procure mal soymesme.

PROSOPOPOEIE.

A grand regret je Chievre ung loup allaicte
Mais mon pasteur le nourrir se delecte,[1]
Quand creu sera, il fauldra qu’il me mange:
Par nul bienfaict mauvaistie ne se change.[2]

Plusieurs nourrissent ceulx, par les-
quelz ilz seront destruictz.

Notes:

1. This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

2. ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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AD IDEM.

The same

Alveolis dum mella legit, percussit amorem,
Furacem mala apes, & summis spicula liquit,
In digitis, tumido gemit at puer ungue [=anxius ungue] .[1]
Et quatit errabundus humum, Venerique dolorem,
Indicat & graviter quaeritur quod apicula parvum
Ipsa inferre animal tam noxia vulnera possit.
Cui ridens Venus, hanc imitaris tu quoque dixit,
Nate feram, qui das tot noxia vulnera parvus.[2]

While he was taking honey from the hives, a vicious bee stung thieving Amor, and left its sting in the end of his finger. The boy in distress cried out as his finger-end swelled up. He ran about, stamping his foot, showed his hurt to Venus, and complained bitterly that a little bee, that tiny creature, could inflict such grievous wounds. Venus smiled at him and said, “You are like this creature, my son; small as you are you deal many a grievous wound”.

Notes:

1. anxius is added here from the 1534 Paris/Wechel edition onwards. Omission upsets the scansion.

2. In later editions, this becomes clearly a separate emblem, but here should perhaps more properly be regarded as a second subscriptio for the previous emblem.


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