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Imparilité.

Comme ung faulcon hault volle, l’air passant,
Cane, Oye, & Gay par terre vont paissant,
Ainsi Pindar, en ses dictz les cieulx passe.
Bacchylides escript en forme basse.[1]

Pindar le plus excellent des neuf Graecz Poë-
tes Lyricz, escript en style tres haultain Bacchi
lydes
(aultrement doulx Poëte) escript en bas,
& humble style. Par lesquelz est monstrée im
parilite de personnes, en mesme estat. par simi
litude des oyseaulx hault volans, ou bas allans.

Notes:

1.  The first two lines are based on Pindar, Nemean Odes, 3.139-144, where Pindar seems to be obliquely disparaging the style and content of Bacchylides, another poet resident, like himself, at the court of Hiero of Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. See Erasmus, Adagia, 820 (Aquila in nubibus); 1988 (Humi serpere).


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    Preservatif contre la volupté.

    XXX.

    De laictues Venus son Adonis couvrit,
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [N2r p195] Quand l’aine avec la dent le sanglier luy ouvrit:[1]
    Autant nuit la laictue au champ generatif,
    Que la chaude roquette y fait l’homme estre actif.[2]

    Commentaires.

    La laictue est froide, & partant ennemie au plai-
    sir de la couche. Au contraire la roquette est chaude,
    & partant incite les personnes au plaisir Venerien.
    Pourtant dit-on que Venus couvrit de laictues son
    Adonis, apres que le sanglier l’eut tué.

    Notes:

    1.  For the story of Venus and Adonis and his fatal wounding by a wild boar, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 10.529ff. and 705ff. Cyprus was one of the main centres of the worship of Venus, hence the name Cypris.

    2.  See Emblem 61 ([FALe061]). The effects of the plants rocket and lettuce are contrasted at Pliny, Natural History, 19.44.154.


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