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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.

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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    Ei qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena
    credi non oportere.

    Others’ property should not be entrusted to a person who has once squandered his own

    EMBLEMA LIIII.

    Colchidos in gremio nidum quid congeris? eheu
    Nescia cur pullos tam malè credis avis?
    Dira parens Medea suos saevissima natos
    Perdidit; & speras parcat ut illa tuis?[1]

    Why do you build your nest in the bosom of the woman from Colchis? Alas, ignorant bird, why do you entrust your nestlings so mistakenly? That frightful mother, Medea, in her savagery slew her own children. Do you expect her to spare yours?

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    1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.346, a much-translated epigram, on the subject of a swallow that built her nest on a representation of Medea. Colchidos, ‘of the woman from Colchis’, refers to Medea, from Colchis on the Black Sea, who slew her children by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to avenge his unfaithfulness. See further [A91a078].


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