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Sur le tombeau d’Archiloc,[1] Guespes sont,
Qui signe vray de malle houche [=bouche] font.

Archiloc, Pote Graec Iambic, en ses escriptz arm
de mesdisance, represenre [=represente] tous hommes mesdisans
de parolle, ou d’escript, au reste bien faire inurti-
les [=inutiles] , telles que sont les Guespes, qui en grand bruyt
murmurantes, picquent tresaigrement, & ne font
miel, ne cire.


1. 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).

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