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Contre les frauduleux.

IX.

La lezarde, ayant corps tasché de poincts divers,
Qui se loge aux tumbeaux, & aux murs entrouverts,
D’envie & de tout dol represente l’image,
Helàs, par trop congnue aux femmes de nostre aage.
Qui boit le vin où est cest animal noyé,
De lentilles se void le visage ondoyé.
Les femmes volontiers ceste finesse employent,
Pour celles enlaidir qui leurs maris desvoyent.

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Commentaires.

Comme Ascalaphe fut converti en lezarde, la fa-
ble s’en trouve en la Metamorphose d’Ovide. C’est un
animal envieux, & duquel les femmes se servent pour
rendre laides & difformes les garses de leurs maris,
leur faisant boire le vin où cest animal aura esté e-
stainct & faict mourir. Car qui boit tel vin, il se trou-
ve bien tost le visage tout chargé de lentilles. Cest ani-
mal se despouille de sa peau, aussi bien que les serpents:
mais il la devore aussi tost, pour l’envie qu’il porte
aux hommes, ausquels ceste peau sert de bon remede
contre le haut mal. Or ce que sa peau est ainsi tachet-
tee & tavelee de macules sans nombre, sans doute
celà denote la fraude & la malice qui est en cest a-
nimal. Marque que nous pouvons aussi appliquer
aux hommes: car (si on croid le vulgaire) qui a le
corps taré, n’a guieres souvent l’esprit net.


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    In fraudulentos.

    Deceivers

    EMBLEMA XLIX.

    Parva lacerta, atris stellatus corpora guttis
    Stellio,[1] qui latebras, & cava busta colit,
    Invidiae, pravique doli fert symbola pictus.
    Heu nimium nuribus cognita Zelotypis!
    Nam turpi obtegitur faciem lentigine quisquis,
    Sit quibus immersus stellio, vina bibat.[2]
    Hinc vindicta frequens decepta pellice vino,
    Quam formae amisso flore relinquit amans.

    The little lizard, called the ‘starred’ gecko from the dark star-shaped marks sprinkled all over its body, a creature that lurks in holes and hollow tombs, is pictured here and presents symbols of resentment and wicked deception, known only too well to jealous wives. For anyone who drinks wine in which a spotted gecko has been soaked comes out in ugly spots all over the face. This is often a way of taking revenge - the husband’s fancy woman is tricked with wine, and, when the flower of her beauty is gone, her lover abandons her.

    Notes:

    1.  stellio, ‘the ‘starred’ gecko’. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 5.461 for the explanation of the name stellio.

    2.  Nam turpi...vina bibat, ‘anyone who drinks wine...all over the face’. See Pliny, Natural History, 29.22.73.


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