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De fertilité à soy dommageable.

PROSOPOPOEIE.

Je noyer suys par la cure rustique
Pour les enfans mys au chemin publicque,
Tout despoillé de branches, & d’escorce
Frappé je suys de fonde à toute force.
Quoy pis pourroiy-je avoir sterile? Helas
Je porte fruyct à mon triste soulas.[1]

Avoir des enfans est joye naturelle: mais dommageable,
& de grand regret, quand ilz sont cause de la destruction,
du deshonneur, ou de la mort de leurs peres, & meres. Com-
me le fruyct du noyer faict batre, rompre, & esbrancher
son tige, & estoc duquel il est procrée.

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.3, see also Aesop, Fables 152.


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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.

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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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