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Contre les fraudulens.

Le Stellion[1] ha mainte noire goutte
Petit Lezard, qui dens les creux se boutte,
D’envie, & dol porte marques infames,
Las trop cogneu par les jalouses femmes:
Car qui vin boit ou estaindre l’on face
Un Stellion: lentileuse ha la face.
Ainsi par vin la beaulté effacée
La vengence est de L’amie laissée.

Nature ha mis apparentes enseignes du mal, es
bestes dangereuses, affin de s’en garder. Comme
au Stellion, petites marques & taches rousses es
parses comme estoilles, Lesquelles viennent au
visage de ceulx, & celles, qui ont beu vin ou soit
mort un Stellion. Et ainsi par telle fraude soubz
couleur de donner collation, Les jalouses fem-
mes deforment les beaulx visages de celles à qui
elles portent envie.

Notes:

1.  Latin equivalent of stellio, ‘the starred gecko’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 5.461 for the explanation of the name stellio.


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    Luxuriosum opes.

    The wealth of the dissipated.

    Rupibus aëriis, summique crepidine saxi
    Immites fructis ficus acerba parit:
    Quos corvi comedunt, quos devorat improba cornix,
    Qui nihil humanae commoditatis habent.
    Sic fatuorum opibus parasiti & scorta fruuntur,
    Et nulla iustos utilitate iuvant.[1]

    On towering cliffs, on the brink of the highest crag, the bitter fig-tree bears its sharp fruit. These the ravens eat, these the rascally crow devours, fruit that offers nothing of any good to man. Even so, parasites and whores enjoy the wealth of fools - decent persons get no benefit from it.

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    1.  This is based on an idea in Anthologia Graeca, 12.185.


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