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DIVES INDOCTUS.

The stupid rich man

Tranat aquas residens precioso in vellere phrixus,
Et flavam impavidus per mare scandit ovem.
Ecquid id est? vir sensu hebeti, sed divite gaza,
Coniugis aut servi quem regit arbitrium.[1]

Phrixus traverses the waters astride the precious fleece and fearlessly rides the golden sheep across the sea. - Whatever can this be? - A man dull of sense, but with rich coffers, whom the whim of wife or servant rules.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece see Ovid, Fastii 3.851ff.


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Armoiries des Poëtes.

En leurs escuz aulcuns portent grandz bestes
Aigles, Lyons, Serpens, Mais des Poëtes
Les armes, n’hont de telz animaulx signe.
Mais en ung champ coeleste, le blanc cygne.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [PP5v p234] Oyseau Phoebus, & à nous domesticque
Roy fut,[1] & garde encor’ son tiltre antique.

Le cygne fut jadis Roy: frere de Phaëton,
Oyseau fluvial, chantant tresdoulcement, &
de tresgrande blancheur, consacré à Phoe-
bus
Prince des Muses, & des Poëtes: Les-
quelz le portent en leurs enseignes: car ilz
sont de laurier coronnéz comme Roys: usent
de telle liberté à escripre, que les Roys, à
faire: font les guerres par carmes, comme
les Roys par armes. aiment les rivieres &
lieux plaisans, sont purs, & candides: & chantent tres-
doulcement en leurs vers bien sonnans.

Notes:

1.  ‘a king once’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.367ff. for the story of Cycnus, king of Liguria, turned into a swan and inhabiting the marshes and lakes of the plain of the Po (Alciato’s homeland).


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