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Note d’ung vault rien.

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

Par le Heron stellé, oyseau de grand
mouvement, & nulle value, est reprae-
senté ung valet nihil valet: ou ung
maistre Aliborum, qui de tout se mesle
& de tout ne scet rien, lequel par les an-
ciens latins est nomme Ardelion, Cest
adire 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 ([FALb086]). 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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