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Che la eloquenza vince la fortezza.

Eloquence wins out over strength.


Tien ne la destre la sua clava Alcide,
E l’arco serba ne la manca mano,
Ch’armi gli fur sendo giovane fide,
Et hor, ch’Ŕ; vecchio, egli l’adopra in vano.
La lingua fora una catena, & ella
Huomini molti per l’orecchie tira,
Per monstra forse, ch’ei con la favella
Die Ó populi le leggi, e spense l’ira.
E questa vera e sola cagion parme.
Cedano adunque a i buon consigli l’arme


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In receptatores sicariorum.

Those who harbour cut-throats

XCIIII.

Latronum furumque manus tibi Scaeva[1] per urbem
It comes, & diris cincta cohors gladiis.
Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige censes,
Qu˛d tua complureis allicit olla malos.
En novus Actaeon, qui postquÓm cornua sumpsit
In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[2]

An evil-minded band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

COMMENTARIA.

Actaeon filius Aristei, venationibus pluri-
mum delectabatur, ideoque canes quamplures
domi suae alebat. C¨m ver˛ semel post vena-
tionem defatigatus ad fluvium quendam secre-
tum lavandi recreandique gratia sese contulisset,
ibi fortuitu vidit Dianam (venationis deam
castitatis & solitudinis amicam,) nudam se
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[k5v p154] lavantem, quae ob illud indignata statim illum
in cervum transmutavit, cumque domum redi-
re vellet Ó Canibus suis propriis laniatus &
discerptus fuit, ut elegantissimŔ Ovidius lib. 3.
Metamorphoseon. Idemque breviter. lib. 2. de tristibus.

Inscus Actaeon vidit sine veste Dianam:
Praeda suis canibus non minus ille fuit.

Sic etiam nonnulli vel ideo se generosos, li-
berales, & magnanimos putant, qu˛d latro-
nes homicidas, proditores & huius farinae ho
mines fovent, nutriunt, eisque comitibus superbŔ
incedunt: cum hi prodigi potius sint nihilque
aliud quÓm novum Actaeonem repraesentent.

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1. áScaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

2. áFor the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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