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Eloquence difficile.

L’herbe bailla Mercure à Ulysses,
Contre poison aulx breuvages Circes.[1]
Moly s’appelle, & ha noire racine,
Fleur blanche, & rouge, à trouver bien insigne.
Pure eloquence, est d’attraction pleine,
Mais à plusieurs est oeuvre de grand peine.

Par l’herbe Moly en Homere de noire raci-
ne, fleur blanche, & purpurine, tresdifficile à
trouver: est entendue eloquence, au commen
cement obscure, puys florissante, claire, &
honorée, Mais difficile à acquerir, sinon aulx
bons espritz laquelle surmonte toute mali-
ce, & obtient grand grace à celluy qui l’ha.


1.  See Homer, Odyssey, 10.270ff. for the story of the encounter of Ulysses and his crew with the sorceress Circe on the island of Aeaea. The plant moly is described ibid, 302-6. See Emblem 70 ([FALb070]), for the effect of Circe’s poisoned cup. Cf. Erasmus, De Copia (Loeb edition, 1.91 D), where moly is interpreted as wisdom rather than eloquence. Cf. Coustau, ‘In herbam Moly, ex Homero’ ([FCPb073]).

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