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In receptatores sicariorum.[1]

Those who harbour cut-throats

XCIIII.

Latronum furumque manus tibi Scaeva[2] per urbem
It comes, & diris cincta cohors gladiis.
Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige censes,
Quòd tua complureis allicit olla malos.
En novus Actaeon, qui postquàm cornua sumpsit,
In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[3]

An evil-minded band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

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Receptateurs d’homicides.

XCIIII.

Gens apres toy avecq’ espees,
(Dont plusieurs ont gaigné le pendre,
Ou d’avoir oreilles coppees)
Te font cornes au chef extendre,
Mais il t’en pourra ainsi prendre,
En nourrissant telz ruffiens,
Que a Acteon: qui (faict cerf tendre)
Fust devoré de tous ses chiens.

Notes:

1.  Before the 1536 edition, Wechel editions used an earlier version of the woodcut in which the horns were more like a goat than a deer’s antlers.

2.  Scaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

3.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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Semblable au precedent, pris de
Theocrite.[1]

XC.

Amour, prenant le doux miel de l’abeille,
Fut par icelle asprement poind au doigt:
Il pleure, il crie, il trepigne, on luy void
L’ongle s’enfler, il se plaind à merveille,
S’esbahissant, & trouvant trop extreme,
Qu’un animal si petit puisse tant
Faire douleur. Et toy, petit enfant,

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Luy dit Venus, fais tu pas tout de mesme?
Bleçant si fort, par ta cruelle audace,
Grands & petits en ceste terre basse?

commentaires.

Amour, petit enfant, s’estoit approché des abeilles,
pour leur desrobber leur miel, les estimant oiselets be-
nins & aimables. Mais estant incontinent blecé fort
douloureusement par l’une d’icelles au bout du doigt,
portant fort impatiemment la douleur, il se plaint,
il trotigne, il enrage, & en fin retourne tout court pleu-
rer vers sa mere, monstrant son doigt tout enflé, &
se plaignant fort de la poignante piqueure de ce petit
oiselet. Auquel Venus sousriant respondit, Tu imites
cest oiselet, mon fils: car toy, qui es si petit, ne laisses
pas de faire de grandes, dangereuses, & cruelles
playes aux mortels. Amour, quoy qu’il semble petit,
ne laisse pas bien souvent d’exciter de grands maux.

Notes:

1.  3rd-century BC bucolic poet, who may or may not have wrriten the Idylls (19, The Honey Stealer), of which this is a fairly close translation, in dactylic hexameters, as in the Greek original.


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