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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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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 pieça 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.

Notes:

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


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