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In eum qui sibi ipsi[1] damnum
apparat.

One who brings about his own downfall

Capra, lupum non sponte meo nunc ubere lacto,
Qud mal pastoris provida cura iubet.[2]
Creverit ille simul, mea me pst ubera pascet.
Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[3]

I am a goat giving suck against my will - to a wolf. The improvident kindness of the shepherd makes me do this. Once the wolf has grown, after feeding at my teats, he will then eat me. Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered.

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A ceulx qui saprestent dommaige.

Voyez moy paovre & simple chievre,
Qui laisse ung loup mon pis teter.
Jen suis dolente, & pis que en fievre.
Car mal men sentiray traicter.
Mon maistre deust bien regretter
Cest acte, sil fust homme expert:
Veu quon a sceu pieca noter,[4]
Que en tous meschans, plaisir se perd.

Notes:

1. Textual variant: ‘ipsi’ omitted.

2. This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

3. ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.

4. This line is revised, cf. 1536 edition.


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A ceux qui s’apprestent dommage.

XCI.

Voyez moy povre & simple Chievre,
Qui laisse un Loup mon pis teter.[1]
J’en suis dolente, & pis qu’en fievre:
Car mal m’en sentiray traicter.
Mon maistre deust bien regretter
Cest acte, s’il fust homme expert:
Veu qu’on a sceu piea noter,
Qu’en tous meschans plaisir se perd.

commentaires.

La chevre, estant contrainte d’allaicter & nour-
rir un louveteau, se complaint, fort angoissee, de ce
que le pasteur le vouloit ainsi. Car elle se doutoit bien,
qu’incontinent qu’il seroit devenu grand, il ne fau-
droit point de la devorer: d’autant que les meschans
& malicieux oublient incontinent les biensfaicts re-
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [I2v p132] ceus. On dit en commun proverbe, qu’il ne faut point
nourrir les petits des loups: car le loup change bien
de poil, mais non jamais de naturel.

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1. This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.


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