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Mesdisance.

LXVII.

D’Archiloque[1] au tumbeau la guespe est engravee,
Pour monstrer que sa langue estoit envenimee.

Commentaires.

Archiloque fut si picquant & mordant en sa
poësie, que par ses poignants jambes il contraignit
Lycambe, son beau pere, de s’aller estrangler. De là
est venu qu’on a appelé Archiloques tous ceux qui
ont escrit d’un stile ainsi venimeux. Les guespes sont
engravees sur son tumbeau, non seulement pource
qu’elles sont enrouëes & mordantes, mais aussi pour-
ce que d’elles on ne tire ny plaisir ny proffit.

Notes:

1.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).


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    • grave, tomb [4.20E+32] Search | Browse Iconclass
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    EMBLEMA CXVI.

    In eum qui sibi ipsi damnum
    apparat.

    One who brings about his own downfall

    Capra lupum non sponte meo nunc ubere lacto,
    Quòd malè pastoris provida cura iubet.[1]
    Creverit ille simul, mea me post ubera pascet.
    Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[2]

    I am a goat giving suck against my will - to a wolf. The improvident kindness of the shepherd makes me do this. Once the wolf has grown, after feeding at my teats, he will then eat me. Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered.

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    Das CXVI.

    Wider den der im selbst ein schaden
    bereit.

    Ich arme Geiß muß wider mein willn
    Ein jungen Wolff mit meiner Milch fülln
    Also wil es der Hirt nur han
    Denckt nit was schadn drauß werd entstan
    Dann so er wirt auffwachsen zgleich
    Wirt er mich zlon thon fressen leich
    Dann boßheit kan mit keinr gutthat
    Werden gwendt, gfült, gsettigt und sat.

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    1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

    2.  ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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