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Maledicentia.[1]

Evil speaking

LXVII.

Archilochi[2] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[3] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Notes:

1.  It is to be noted that in this edition, as in the 1546, Maledicentia and Contra are treated as one emblem whereas in other editions Contra is treated as an emblem in its own right called Principis Clementia.

2.  Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).

3.  ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.



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    Avarice.

    LXV.

    Tantale en l’eau plongé, est de la soif pressé.
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [O8v p224] Ayant pommes au nez est de faim harassé.
    C’est à toy povre avare, à qui cecy s’addresse,
    Qui ayant tant de biens, en amasses sans cesse,
    Qui souvent d’aspre faim & grieve soif languis,
    Ne voulant entamer tant de thresors acquis.

    Commentaires.

    La convoitise des biens mondains, si elle n’est as-
    saisonnee de quelque contentement, est beacoup plus
    dangereuse, qu’une extreme povreté. Tantale ne peut
    appaiser sa soif, quoy qu’il soit entouré d’eaux: ny
    estaindre sa faim, quoy qu’il soit environné de pom-
    mes. C’est le vray type des avares, qui se rendans be-
    listres en leur abondance, parmi leurs grands biens
    souffrent les maux de la pauvreté.



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