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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G5v p106]

Mentem, non formam plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabrč expolitum invenit humanum caput,
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solům deesset, caeteris vivisceret:
Id illa cům sumpsisset in manus, ait:
Hoc[1] quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[2]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G6r p107]

Le Sens plus requis que Beaulte.

Une teste faicte de marbre,
Fut ung jour de Regnart trouvee,
En passant par dessoubz ung arbre.
La quelle il eust tantost levee,
Voicy teste bien achevee,
Dist il, & dung art moult nouveau:
Mais elle est en ung poinct grevee,
Car elle na poinct de cerveau.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: O.

2.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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