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Aulx Astrologues.


En l’air vollas (O Icar) Jusque à tant,[1]
Que bas tombas par la cire fondant:
Or mesme cire, & feu te resuscite,
A celle fin que ton exemple incite
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H7v p126]Tout Astrologue à rien ne pourparler:
Car il cherra, au ciel voulant voler.

Icar filz de Dedal volant trop hault avec plu-
mes colées de cire, laquelle fondue pour trop
approcher pres du soleil, ses aeles deplumées
tomba en mer. Ainsi les Astrologues judi-
ciaires levans trop hault leur esperit: en fin leur
science vaine ne les entretenant, tombent en
derision & povreté: Car,
Qui plus hault monte qu’il ne doibt,
Plus bas descend qu’il ne vouldroit.


1.  Cf. Anthologia graeca 16.107, a poem on a bronze statue of Icarus, translated by Alciato at Selecta epigrammata (Cornarius, ed.) p.333. Icarus and his father Daedalus (see [FALb012]) escaped from King Minos of Crete on wings of feathers and wax. Icarus was over-bold and flew too near the sun; when his wings melted, he crashed into the Icarian Sea and was drowned. See Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.183ff. Icarus, like Phaethon (see [FALb054]) was a type of those who do not keep to their proper station.

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