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Contre ceulx qui osent entreprendre
oultre leur force.

Quand Hercules dort soubz l’arbre, & repose,
Et soubz son bras armes, & masse pose,
Des nains l’armée à le tuer s’efforce,[1]
Mal cognoissans leur trop petite force:
Luy esveillé, comme petite pulce
Dedans la peau du Lyon les repulse.[2]

A plus fort que soy ne se fault prendre.


1.  Hercules’ confrontation with the pygmies is described by Philostratus, Eikones 2.22.

2.  The skin of the Nemean lion which Hercules always wore after slaying the beast. (See [FALb130], notes; [FALb170]).

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