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Contre les Retrayeurs de brigandz.

APOSTROPHE.

Larrons, brigandz suycte d’armes garnie
Te faict par ville (O Pompard) compaignie.
Ainsi prodigue estre anobly tu penses
Par telz mauvais. qui suyvent pour leurs panses:
Puys qu’ainsi has prins cornes: De tes chiens
Mangé seras, comme Acteon des siens.[1]

On fainct Acteon avoir esté mué en cerf, & mangé
par ses propres chiens. Ainsi ceulx, qui pour contre-
faire les nobles, entretiennent espadaciers, & levent
les cornes d’oultrecuidance, deviennent serfz à leurs
gens, & leur bien est finalement par iceulx consommé.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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In adulatores.

Flatterers

EMBLEMA LIII.

Semper hiat, semper tenuem, qua vescitur, auram,
Reciprocat Chamaeleon[1]:
Et mutat faciem, varios sumitque colores,
Praeter rubrum vel candidum.[2]
Sic & adulator populari vescitur aura,[3]
Hiansque cuncta devorat:
Et solùm mores imitatur Principis atros;
Albi & pudici nescius.

The Chameleon is always breathing in and out with open mouth the bodiless air on which it feeds; it changes its appearance and takes on various colours, except for red and white. - Even so the flatterer feeds on the wind of popular approval and gulps down all with open mouth. He imitates only the black features of the prince, knowing nothing of the white and pure.

Notes:

1.  This creature was supposed to feed only on air, keeping its mouth wide open to suck it in. See Pliny, Natural History 8.51.122. For the chameleon cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.144, 241, 252.

2.  ‘except for red and white’. See Pliny, ib.

3.  ‘the wind of popular approval’. This is a common metaphor in Latin, e.g. Horace, Odes 3.2.20, ‘at the behest of the wind of popular approval.’


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