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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E7r p77]

Contre les flateurs.

Chameleon tousjours baille en allant,
L’air (d’ond il vit) prend,[1] & rend anhelant.
Change de peau: & quelque que ce soit,
(Fors rouge, & blanc,[2]) toute couleur recoit.
Ainsi flateurs d’air populaire vivent.
Devorent tout: & seulement ensuyvent
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E7v p78] Les meurs du Prince obscurs de vice inique
Fors rouge, & blanc d’innocence pudicque.

Le Chameleon petit animal vivant seul-
lement de l’air, & se changeant en tou-
tes couleurs sinon rouge, & blanc: repre
sente le flateur, qui se conforme aulx
meurs du Prince, sinon aulx meurs d’in-
nocence, & vergoigne pudicque, vertuz
signifiées par le blanc, & le rouge.

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.


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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?

Notes:

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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