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Contre les sales.

LV.

Ibis, qui du long bec se nettoye le ventre,
En guise de clystere,[1] habite aux bords du nil:
Mais de ce sale oiseau, le nom infame & vil
En propos serieux à peine jamais entre.
Ovide de ce nom son ennemi surnomme,
Et Callimach aussi de ce nom le sien nomme.

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Commentaires.

On tient qu’Ibis à enseigné aux hommes l’usage
des clysteres: Car fourrant son long bec dans son cul,
il fait sortir ce qui le charge. Et pourtant est cest oi-
seau tenu pour sale & puant. Il y en a grand nombre
aupres du Nil. Ce qu’il est ainsi ord, a donné occasion
à Ovide d’appeller de ce nom son calomniateur &
malveillant. Avant Ovide Callimach avoit attribué
le mesme nom à Appolloine Rhodien son ingrat di-
sciple, tressot & tresimpudent, contre lequel il fait
d’estranges imprecations.

Notes:

1.  For this information about the ibis, see Aelian, De natura animalium, 2.35; Cicero, De natura deorum, 2.126; Pliny, Natural History, 8.41.97.


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