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Redoutables apres leur mort.

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Si de la peau d’un loup on veut des tambours faire,
On verra tout soudain tous les autres se taire.
La peau de la brebis l’a en horreur si grande,
Que peau morte qu’elle est, peau morte elle apprehende.
Ainsi la peau de Zisque, en un tambour reduite,
La clergé de Boheme a souvent mis en fuite.[1]

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Nature a mis une telle haine entre le loup &
les brebis, que si lon bat un tambour faict de la peau
d’un loup, toutes les brebis qui l’orront, en auront
aussi grande horreur, que si elles voyoyent le loup à
leur queue. Si on fait des chordes des boyaux de loup,
& qu’on les tende en un instrument de musique
avec celles de brebis, il sera impossible d’en tirer aucu-
ne harmonie. Si on pend une peau de loup en un
parc ou estable de brebis, les brebis ne voudront rien
manger. Si on joint une peau de loup avec une de
brebis, celle de brebis sera incontinent consumee &
rongee. Zisque a esté un fort grand & vaillant capi-
taine, qui fit fort long temps la guerre aux Evesques de
Boheme, Quand il voulut mourir, il commanda
qu’apres sa mort on l’escorschast; & que de sa peau
on fit un tambour, lequel on feroit retenir au front
de son armee. Krantze dit, que ses amis luy
obeirent, & que si tost que les ennemis
oyoyent le retentissement de ce
tambour, ils se jectoyent
en fuite.

Notes:

1.  For the story behind this epigram, see the commentary in the Tozzi edition of Alciato’s emblems (Padua, 1621). ‘Cischas’ is Jan Ziska (c.1370-1425), a Bohemian military leader who supported the Hussites, destroying Catholic churches and attacking the clergy. He waged a long and successful military campaign which compelled the Emperor Sigismund to offer the Hussites religious liberty. Ziska died of plague, and is said to have ordered that his corpse be flayed and the skin made into a drum, the sound of which would put the enemy to flight. (His real name was Jan z Trocnova (‘of Trocnov’), Zizka being Czech for ‘one-eyed’, having lost an eye in a skirmish during the Battle of Grunwald in 1410).


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