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De soubdaine frayeur.

Pan[1] regardant gens fuyants estonnéz,
Qu’est ce (dict il) qui sonne mes cornetz?

Es armées, & grandes assemblées adviennent
aulcunefois des paours & frayeurs soubdai-
nes, consternantes tous, sans quelque cause ma-
nifeste, sinon une craincte interieure, en ung
chescun sans savoir pourquoy. Lesquelz espo-
ventemens les anciens appelloient Terreurs
Panicques: disans que le Dieu Pan alors son-
noit son cor. Le son duquel envoyoit ces fra-
yeurs soubdaines, & incertaines, es coeurs des


1.  Pan, the half-goat rustic god (see [FALb091]), accredited with the invention of the horn or military trumpet, and responsible for unexplained ‘panic’ terrors seizing man and beast, especially on the battle-field and in wild lonely places. See Erasmus, Adagia 2603, Panicus casus.

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