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Bonte des enfans envers leurs Peres, ou Meres.

Prosopopoeie.

Quand Eneas portoit hors de peril
Son pere, Aulx Grecs pardonnez. (disoit il)
Gloire n’aurez ung vieil à mort livré.
Grand gloire auray mon pere delivré.[1]

A ung filz est grand honneur de rendre ou sauver
la vie, à celuy duquel il tient la vie apres Dieu, (qui
est son Pere) Qui est le meilleur, & plus louable acte
que jamais feit Eneas.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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Reverence estre requise en Mariage.

Quand le serpent veult froyer au poisson,
Il met tout hors son venin, & poison,
Puys en sifflant la muraine il appelle:[1]
Incontinent vers son masle vient elle.
Ainsi doibt estre en un lict nuptial
Honneur des deux, tresreverential.

A l’exemple du prudent serpent, qui devant que froyer avec la
muraine (soit lamproie, ou autre") vomit & laisse son ve-
nin, & icelle à son appel sifflant, obeyt, & vient vers luy: Ain-
si les gens mariéz se doivent assembler en Amour, & reve
rence l’ung de l’autre, toute male affection, & courroux
jecté hors du coeur, & despoillé quant & quant les habitz.

Notes:

1.  For the mating of the viper with the moray eel, see Pliny, Natural History 9.39.76; Aelian, De natura animalium 1.50; 9.66. The viper spits out the poison in order to be gentle and safe for the union.


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