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Note d’un vaut rien.

D’un rien valant valet estre l’enseigne
Heron stellé,[1] la fable antique enseigne.
Qui fainct mué le serf Asterias[2]
En tel oiseau. (Foy à l’histoire auras)
Il cule en l’air comme un bastard faulcon
Des anciens nommé Ardelion.[3]

Par le Heron stellé, oyseau de grand mou-
vement, & nulle value, est representé un va
let nihil valet: ou un maistre Aliborum,
qui de tout se mesle & de tout ne sait rien,
lequel par les anciens latins est nomme Ar-
delion, c’est a dire petit Heron.


1.  ‘The little starred heron’, which, according to the story, had once been human and a slave, was, because of its sluggish nature, called ocnus, i.e. ‘idleness’. Cf. Emblem 86 CHECK ([A58a086]). As it understood human speech, it hated to be called this, or ‘slave’. See Pausanias, 10.29.2; Aelian, De natura animalium 5.36; Aristotle, Historia animalium, 9.18.617.

2.  Asterias, ‘starred’, is the Greek name for ardea stellaris, possibly a bittern.

3.  Cf. Latinardelio: ‘a fussing busybody’. See Martial, Epigrams, 2.7.7.; 4.78.9: Phaedrus, Fables, 2.5.1. Cf. Erasmus, Adagia, 543, Callipides, on someone who expends a great deal of energy achieving nothing.

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