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IN MOMENTANEAM FELI-
citatem.

Transitory success

Emblema 123.

Aeriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur & grandi luxuriasse coma.
Cum ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, Nimium brevis est haec gloria: nam te
Protinus adveniet quae male perdet hyems.

A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.

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