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Dolus in suos.

Treachery against one’s own kind.

LXXIX [=80] .

Altilis allectator anas, & caerula pennis
Adsueta ad dominos ire redire suos,
Congeneres cernens volitare per aëra turmas,
Garrit, in illarum se recipitque gregem,
Praetensa incautas donec sub retia ducat.
Obstrepitant captae, conscia at ipsa silet.
Perfida cognato se sanguine polluit ales,
Officiosa aliis, exitiosa suis.[1]

The well-fed decoy duck with its green-blue wings is trained to go out and return to its masters. When it sees squadrons of its relations flying through the air, it quacks and joins itself to the flock, until it can draw them, off their guard, into the outspread nets. When caught they raise a protesting clamour, but she, knowing what she has done, keeps silence. The treacherous bird defiles itself with related blood, servile to others, deadly to its own kind.

Notes:

1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.



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    Trahison contre les siens.

    Cane privée, & de gris emplumée
    Aller, venir aux siens accoustumée
    Voyant voler les sauvages ensemble,
    Et cacquetant, avec elles s’assemble,
    Tant qu’aulx filletz tenduz elle les dresse.
    Prinses, font cry, Lors se taist la traistresse,
    Et se pollut du sang de sa semblable,
    Mortelle aux siens, aux aultres proufitable.[1]

    Similitude des Canes domesticques, attirantes les
    saulvages es filetz: aulx traistres Ganelons, qui
    rendent ceulx de leur propre nation, gent, pais,
    maison & sang, entre les mains de leurs enne-
    mis mortelz.

    Notes:

    1.  Cf. Aesop, Fables, 282, where the decoy birds are pigeons.



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