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Ignavi.

Good for nothing

XXI.

Ignavi aerdeolam stellarem[1] effingere servi
Et studia, & mores fabula prisca fuit,
Quae famulum Asteria[2] volucris sumpsisse figuram
Est commenta, fides sit penes historicos.
Degener hic veluti qui caevet in aëre falco est
Dictus ab antiquis vatibus ardelio.[3]

There was an old story to the effect that the little starred heron displays the activities and character of a good-for-nothing slave, a story which alleged that the slave Asterias took the form of a bird. Let the [natural] historians vouch for this. This sort of despicable person is like the kestrel quivering in one place in the air, a person called a fussing busybody by the ancient poets.

Notes:

1.  The ‘little starred heron’, which, according to the story, had once been human and a slave, was, because of its sluggish nature, called ocnus, i.e. ‘idleness’. Cf. Emblem 17 ([A56a017]). As it understood human speech, it hated to be called this, or ‘slave’. See Pausanias, 10.29.2; Aelian, De natura animalium 5.36; Aristotle, Historia animalium, 9.18.617.

2.  Asterias, ‘starred’, is the Greek name for ardea stellaris, possibly a bittern.

3.  ardelio: ‘a fussing busybody’. See Martial, Epigrams, 2.7.7.; 4.78.9: Phaedrus, Fables, 2.5.1. Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 543, Callipides, on someone who expends a great deal of energy achieving nothing.


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    Contre ceulx qui facilement de-
    sistent de Vertu.

    Comme Remore une petite conque
    Arreste nefz nonobstant vent quelconque,
    Ainsi aulcuns levéz d’esprit haultain,
    Cause legiere arreste emmy leur train.
    Comme proces, ou amour de paillarde,
    Qui jeunes gens des estudes retarde.[1]

    Petite occasion empesche le cours des estudes es
    jeunes gens: Comme la remore, petite limace ma-
    rine arreste, par occulte vertu de nature, une nef
    incitée par vents, & rames.

    Notes:

    1.  See [FALb020] Cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.231, 253.


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