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Mesdisance.

Sur le tombeau d’Archiloc,[1] Guespes sont,
Qui signe vray de malle bouche font.

Archiloc, Poëte Graec Iambic, en ses escriptz armé
de mesdisance, represenre tous hommes mesdisans
de parolle, ou d’escript, au reste à bien faire inutil-
les, telles que sont les Guespes, qui en grand bruit
murmurantes, picquent tresaigrement, & ne font
miel, ne cire.

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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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    EMBLEMA CXVIII.

    In divites publico malo.

    Those who grow rich out of public misfortune

    Anguillas quisquis captat, si limpida verrat
    Flumina, si illimes ausit adire lacus,
    Cassus erit, ludetque operam: multum excitet ergo
    Si cretae, & vitreas palmula turbet aquas,
    Dives erit: sic iis res publica turbida lucro est,
    Qui pace, arctati legibus, esuriunt.[1]

    If anyone hunting eels sweeps clear rivers or thinks to visit unmuddied lakes, he will be unsuccessful and waste his efforts. If he instead stirs up much clay and with his oar churns the crystal waters, he will be rich. Likewise a state in turmoil becomes a source of profit to people who in peace go hungry, because the law cramps their style.

    Das CXVIII.

    Wider die so reich mit andern scha-
    den werden.

    Ein jeder der Ael fahen wil
    So er die hellen Wasser stil
    Fischt, und so er sich understeht
    Und in die lautern gruben geht
    Der schafft vergebns und sein müh ist
    Umb sonst, so er aber mit list
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3r f78r] Das Wasser trüb macht und darinn
    Vil gmür auff rürt, hat er gut gwinn
    Also ist auch die Policei nütz
    Die mit vil auffruhr wirt verstürtzt
    Denen die sonst im fried und ruh
    Darben und haben nicht darzu.

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    1.  Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 2579 (Anguillas captare).


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