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Par argent quelque fois fault
racheter sa vie.

Apostrophe.

Le Bievre gros en ventre, & en pied lasche
Se saulve, ainsi quand sur luy chiens on lasche:
Ses medicaulx coillons arrache, & mord,
Sachant pour eulx estre cherché à mort.
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Perdre l’argent, pour la vie gaigner.[1]

A l’exemple du Bievre (dict Ca-
stor,) qui ses coillons arrachéz à ses
propres dents, laisse au veneur, &
aulx chiens, pour sauver le corps:
Nous sommes admonnestez de n’e-
spargner en cas de necessité toutz
biens de Fortune, & 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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Captivus ob gulam.

Caught by greed

LXXXVI.

Regnator penus, & mensae corrosor[1] herilis
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Queis teneram apponens barbam falsa ossa momordit,
Illa recluserunt[2] tacta repente 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.

LXXXVI.

Une huitre en son escaille estant,
Entreouverte (comme il advient)
Fut ung 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.

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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