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Aux Astrologues.


En l’air vollas (ô Icar) jusque à tant,[1]
Que bas tombas par la cire fondant:
Or mesme cire, & feu te rescuscite,
À celle fin que ton exemple incite
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H7v p126] Tout Astrologue à rien ne pourparler
Car il cherra, au ciel volant voler.

Icar filz de Dedal volant trop haut
avec plumes colées de cire, laquelle fondue
pour trop approcher pres du soleil, ses
aeles deplumées tomba en mer. Ainsi les
Astrologues judiciaires levans trop haut
leur esprit: en fin leur science vaine ne
les entretenant, tombent en derision &
povreté: Car,

Qui plus haut monte qu’il ne doibt,
Plus bas descend qu’il ne vouldroit.


1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca 16.107, a poem on a bronze statue of Icarus, translated by Alciato at Selecta epigrammata (Cornarius, ed.) p.333. Icarus and his father Daedalus (see [A58a012]) escaped from King Minos of Crete on wings of feathers and wax. Icarus was over-bold and flew too near the sun; when his wings melted, he crashed into the Icarian Sea and was drowned. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.183ff. Icarus, like Phaethon (see [A58a054]) was a type of those who do not keep to their proper station.

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