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hare “of whom the proverb goes—The,” KING JOHN, ii. 1. 137. “The proverb alluded to is ‘Mortuo leoni et lepores insultant.’ Erasmi Adag.” (MALONE) . There Erasmus cites a Greek epigram—“cujus argumentum sumptum est ex Homericæ Iliad. χ, ubi Hectorem ab Achille jam interfectum circumsistunt Græci, mortuo insultantes,” etc.:
Βάλλετε νῦν μετὰ πότμον ἐμὸν δέμας, ὅττι καὶ αὐτοὶ
Νεκροῦ σῶμα λέοντος ἐφυβρίζουσί λαγωοί.

“Strike ye my body, now that life is fled:
So hares insult the lion when he's dead.”

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