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Those who contemplate the heights come to grief

Emblema 103.

Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,
Et iacta altivolam figit[1] arundo gruem,
Dipsada non prudens auceps pede perculit: ultrix
Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore iacit.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Ll1v f265v]Sic obit, extento qui sidera respicit arcu,
Securus fati quod iacet ante pedes.[2]

While he tricks thrushes with bird-lime, larks with snares, while his speeding shaft pierces the high-flying crane, the careless bird-hunter steps on a snake; avenging the injury, it spits the darting venom from its jaws. So he dies, a man who gazes at the stars with bow at the ready, oblivious of the mishap lying before his feet.


1.  Corrected by hand in the Glasgow copy.

2.  See Anthologia graeca 7.172 and Aesop, Fables 137.

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