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Prins pour la gueule.

LXXXVI.

Un Huistre en son escaille estant,
Entreouverte (comme il advient)
Eut un jour la Souris sentant,
Qui pour sa chair ronger survient.
Lors de s’estraindre luy souvient.
La Souris est au groing surprise.
Tel chastoy aux gloutons convient,
Qui tousjours font chatte entreprise.[1]

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Une souris, qui faisoit sa demeure au gardemanger
de la maison, apres avoir rongé de toutes les viandes
qu’elle trouva, pour ne rien laisser qu’elle n’eust gou-
sté, voyant une huistre, dont l’escaille estoit entreou-
verte & baillante, accourt hastivement, & y plante
ses dents. L’huistre, se sentant blessee, se resserre sou-
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glant la larronnesse, qui s’ensevelit elle mesme en cest
obscur tumbeau. La friandise met plusieurs à male
fin.

Notes:

1.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.


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Captivus ob gulam.

Caught by greed

Regnator penus, & mensae corrosor[1] herilis
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Queis teneram apponens barbam falsa ossa momordit,
Illa recluserunt[2] tacta repentè domum.
Deprensum & tetro tenuerunt carcere furem,
Semet in obscurum qui dederat tumulum.[3]

A mouse, king of the pantry, nibbler at the master’s table, saw oysters with their shells just slightly open. Applying his sensitive whiskers, he nibbled the deceptive bone. The oysters, when touched, suddenly slammed shut their house and held the thief, caught red-handed, in a noisome prison, a thief who had put himself into a lightless tomb.

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Prins pour la gueule.

Une huitre en son escaille estant,
Entreouverte (comme il advient)
Fut ung jour la souris sentant,
Qui pour sa chair ronger survient.
Lors de sestraindre luy souvient.
La souris est au groing surprise.
Tel chastoy aux gloutons convient,
Qui tousjours font chatte entreprise.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: Regnatorque penus, mensaeque arrosor.

2.  Textual variant: Ast ea clauserunt.

3.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.


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