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In Parasitos.

Professional spongers

Quos tibi donamus fluviales accipe cancros,
Munera conveniunt moribus ista tuis.
His oculi vigiles, & forfice plurimus ordo
Chelarum armatus, maximaque alvus adest.
Sic tibi propensus stat pingui abdomine venter,
Pernicesque pedes, spiculaque apta pedi.
Cum vagus in triviis, mensaeque sedilibus erras,
Inque alios mordax scommata salsa iacis.[1]

Receive these river crabs which we present to you. These gifts match your character. They have watchful eyes, and a great row of claws armed with a pincer, and a huge gut is there. You too have a protruding belly with fat paunch, scuttling feet and sharp weapons on them, as you hang about the crossroads or move among the seats at table, and maliciously shoot your stinging, witty jibes.

Notes:

1. Variant reading, scommata falsa, ‘libellous witticisms’


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Souffre, & abstien.

Fortune adverse l’homme est porter,
Fortune heureuse est souvent doubter.
Souffre, & abstien. Maint mal fault soustenir
(Dict Epictete) & de plus s’abstenir:
Ainsi le Boeuf tant fort souffre l’estache.
Ainsi s’abstient de couvrir pleine vache.

Le Toreau endurant la servitude l’homme moins
fort que luy, & se abstenant de la vache empreincte,
donne exemple de, Patience, & Abstinence.


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