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Bonte des enfans envers leurs Peres, ou Meres.

Prosopopoeie.

Quand Eneas portoit hors de peril
Son pere, Aulx Grecs pardonnez. (disoit il)
Gloire n’aurez ung vieil à mort livré.
Grand gloire auray mon pere delivré.[1]

A ung filz est grand honneur de rendre ou sauver
la vie, à celuy duquel il tient la vie apres Dieu, (qui
est son Pere) Qui est le meilleur, & plus louable acte
que jamais feit Eneas.

Notes:

1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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Publiée soit de la femme
Non la beaulté, mais bonne fame.

Apostrophe, et Dialogisme.

D. Dame Venus, quelle forme est ce à veoir,
Dessoubz tes piedz une tourtue avoir?
R. Ainsi voulut Phidias[1] me tailler:
Pour remonstrer aulx femmes peu parler.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q7r p253] Et point sortir de maison, estre honneste.
Et pource il mit soubz mes piedz telle beste.

La Tortue est du tout muete, sans voix ne
parolle, ne sort jamais de sa conque, & est
plus nette, saine, & meilleure en dedans:
qu’elle n’appert en forme exterieure: Telle
doibt, estre la femme de bien, paisible, tai-
sible, gardant la maison, & point cogneuë
par veuë externe, comme en Italie.

Car publiée estre doibt Loyaulté
De preude [=] preu de femme, & non pas la beaulté.

Notes:

1.  Phidias’ statue of Aphrodite with one foot on a tortoise, set up at Elis, is mentioned by Pausanias, Periegesis 6.25.1. The tortoise is a symbol of ideal female domesticity, as it keeps silent and never leaves its house see Plutarch Coniugalia praecepta 32 (Mor. 142).


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