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Des serviteurs.

Isocrates des serviteurs parlant
Un mors de bride en une main tenoit,
Pour retarder le trop hatif allant,
Qui faisoit plus qu’on ne luy apprenoit
Des esperons l’autre main contenoit,
Pour esmouvoir le lasche & negligent:
Ainsi le lent aux esperons menoit,
Et par le frain tardoit le diligent.[1]

Notes:

1.  Isocrates, Athenian rhetorician (5th century BC), who encouraged education and training of the people, though not necessarily with a bridle and spurs. On the bridle, see also Hecatomgraphie, nos. 2 ([FCGa002]), 18 ([FCGa018]), and 37 ([FCGa037]), as well as Alciato, ‘In adulari nescientem’ ([FALa106], and related emblems).


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