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Sottie.

APOSTROPHE.

T’esbahiz tu, si Ote je te nomme,
Quoy que tu sois des Otons extraict homme?
Ote oyseau ha d’oreille, & plume autant
Qu’une Chouete:[1] & est prinse en saultant:
Les folz aiséz à prendre.[2] Otes on dict.
Pren doncque ce nom pour toy, car il te duyct.

Cest Embleme ne vient pas proprement
au Francois: comme au Latin, pour ne
pouvoir rendre une certaine allusion des
noms Latins, aulxquelz les Francois ne
peuvent correspondre. Mais en somme il
signifie que à ung sot, nom sot est con-
venable.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 11.50.137: only the eagle-owl and the long-eared owl have feathers like ears (the little owl - chouette - does not in fact have ear-tufts).

2.  See Pliny, Natural History, 10.33.68: ‘The otus is an imitator of other birds and a hanger-on, performing a kind of dance; like the little owl, it is easily caught, when its attention is fixed on one person while another person circles round it’. See also Plutarch, Moralia, Bruta animalia ratione uti, 951E.


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    Remedia in arduo, mala in
    prono esse.

    Remedies are hard, damage is easy

    XCII.

    Aetheriis postquàm deiecit sedibus Aten
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [k3v p150]Iuppiter,[1] heu vexat quàm mala noxa viros.
    Evolat haec pedibus celer & pernicibus alis,
    Intactumque nihil casibus esse sinit.
    Ergo Litae proles Iovis hanc comitantur euntem,[2]
    Saturae [=Sarturae] quicquid fecerit illa mali.
    Sed quia segnipedes strabae[3], lassaeque senecta,
    Nil nisi p̣st longo tempore restituunt.

    Once Jupiter had cast Ate down from the heavenly abode, what an evil bane thereafter assailed poor man! Ate flies out fleet of foot with fast-beating wing and leaves nothing untouched by mishap. So Jove’s daughters, the Litae, accompany her as she goes, to mend whatever ill she has brought about. But they are slow-footed, poor of sight and weary with age, and so they restore nothing until later, after long passage of time.

    COMMENTARIA.

    Ate, Dea fingitur noxae, inimicitiarum, o-
    mnisque destuctionis pernix ac volucris, quae
    postquam de Coelo eiecta fuit, protinus in
    terris hominum mentes seducere variisque ma
    lis implicare coepit, pergitque celerrimo vola-
    tu, loca omnia foedans atque perturbans.
    Huic autem opponuntur eamque comitantur
    Litae Iovis filiae, praecatrices & reconciliatri-
    ces amicitiarum dissutarum. Eae quod Ate in-
    ter mortales turbat conantur reficere, sed
    quoniam strabis oculis, claudis pedibus, &
    ob senectam lassae defatigataeque lentè admo-
    dum incedunt, vix Aten illam velocem asse-
    qui possunt: idcirco nihil confestim, sed tardè
    denique restaurant. ut ingeniosè commenta-
    tus est Homerus Iliades 9. Significans offensas
    quidem veloces esse, reconciliationes veṛ
    tardissimas.

    Notes:

    1.  ‘Jupiter had cast Ate down’. See Homer, Iliad 19. 125ff.

    2.  ‘the Litae accompany her’. See Homer, Iliad 9.502ff. Ate means ‘Mischief’, Litae, ‘Prayers’. Ate was cast out of Olympus to bring harm to mankind, a personification of humans being led astray. The Litae were a personification of prayers offered in repentance.

    3.  Textual variant: luscae.


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