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Effort faict en vain.[1]

Le chien veult prendre en nuyct la lune aulx dents,
Car d’aultres chiens cuyde estre la dedans.
En vain abaye: & jecte aulx vents voix lourde:
Car son cours faict tousjours Diane sourde.[2]

Comme les chiens en vain jappent, la lune: laquel-
le ilz ne sauroyent mordre: Ainsi les detracteurs, en-
vieux comme chiens, en vain mesdisent d’ung grand
personnage: auquel ilz ne sauroient nuyre, mais sans
les ouir, poursuit tousjours le cours de ses vertus.


1. In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2. Diana is of course goddess of the moon.

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