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Mesdisance.

LXVII.

D’Archiloque[1] au tumbeau la guespe est engravee,
Pour monstrer que sa langue estoit envenimee.

Commentaires.

Archiloque fut si picquant & mordant en sa
poësie, que par ses poignants jambes il contraignit
Lycambe, son beau pere, de s’aller estrangler. De là
est venu qu’on a appelé Archiloques tous ceux qui
ont escrit d’un stile ainsi venimeux. Les guespes sont
engravees sur son tumbeau, non seulement pource
qu’elles sont enrouëes & mordantes, mais aussi pour-
ce que d’elles on ne tire ny plaisir ny proffit.

Notes:

1.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).


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    Trahison contre les siens.

    Cane privée, & de gris emplumée
    Aller, venir aux siens accoustumée
    Voyant voler les sauvages ensemble,
    Et cacquetant, avec elles s’assemble,
    Tant qu’aulx filletz tenduz elle les dresse.
    Prinses, font cry, Lors se taist la traistresse,
    Et se pollut du sang de sa semblable,
    Mortelle aux siens, aux aultres proufitable.[1]

    Similitude des Canes domesticques, attirantes les
    saulvages es filetz: aulx traistres Ganelons, qui
    rendent ceulx de leur propre nation, gent, pais,
    maison & sang, entre les mains de leurs enne-
    mis mortelz.

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    1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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