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Sur celluy qui procure mal à soymesme.

PROSOPOPOEIE.

A grand regret je Chievre ung loup allaicte
Mais mon pasteur le nourrir se delecte,[1]
Quand creu sera, il fauldra qu’il me mange:
Par nul bienfaict mauvaistie ne se change.[2]

Plusieurs nourrissent ceulx, par les-
quelz ilz seront destruictz.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

2.  ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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Sottie.

Apostrophe.

T’esbahis tu, si Ote je te nomme,
Quoy que tu sois des Otons extraict homme?
Ote oyseau ha d’oreille, & plume autant
Qu’une chouette:[1] & est prinse en saultant:
Les folz aiséz à prendre[2] Otes on dict.
Pren donc 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 de
noms Latins, aulxquelz les François ne
peuvent correspondre. Mais en somme il
signifie que à un 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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