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tetrastichon.

Si fuit excussus scelerato pectore terror,
Illi succrescens mox novus alter adest:
Impia sic Titii contundit pectora vultur,
Et dant perpetuos membra renata cibos.[1]

If fear is driven from a sinful breast, another will soon arise to fill it; as the vulture breaks open the impious breast of Tityus, and his limbs, reborn, give endless food.

quatrain.

Jamais méchant ne veit sa peur extainte:
Quand l’une fuyt, l’autre vient de retour:
Comme l’on void, qu’en la figure peinte
Titius est rongé par le Vautour.

Notes:

1.  Tityus: a giant, son of Gaia, who assaulted Leto, and was punished in Hades by vultures eating his liver.


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