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EMBLEMA CLXXVIII [=177] .

Maledicentia.

Evil speaking

Archilochi[1] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[2] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Das CLXXVIII [=177] .

Ubelreden.

Es solln auffs Archilochs Grabstein
Wie man sagt Wespen ghauwen seyn
Sie seind ein gwiß zeichn und urkundt
Eins bösen Mauls und herben Mundt.

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).

2.  ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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    Trahison contre les siens.

    Cane privée, & de gris emplumée
    Aller, venir aux siens accoustumée
    Voyant voler les sauvages ensemble,
    Et cacquetant, avec elles s’assemble,
    Tant qu’aulx filletz tenduz elle les dresse.
    Prinses, font cry, Lors se taist la traistresse,
    Et se pollut du sang de sa semblable,
    Mortelle au [=aux] siens, aulx aultres profictable.[1]

    Similitude des Canes domesticques, attirantes les
    saulvages es filletz: aulx traistres Ganelons, qui ren-
    dent ceulx de leur propre nation, gent, pays, maison
    & sang, entre les mains de leurs ennemys mortelz.

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    1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.


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