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Aere quandoque salutem redimendam.

Sometimes money must be spent to purchase safety

LXXXV.

Et pedibus segnis, tumida & propendulus alvo,
Hac tamen insidias effugit arte fiber.
Mordicus ipse sibi medicata virilia vellit
Atque abicit, sese gnarus ob illa peti.
Huius ab exemplo disces non parcere rebus,
Et vitam ut redimas, hostibus aera dare.[1]

Though slow of foot and with swollen belly hanging down, the beaver nonetheless escapes the ambush by this trick: it tears off with its teeth its testicles, which are full of a medicinal substance, and throws them aside, knowing that it is hunted for their sake. - From this creature’s example you will learn not to spare material things, and to give money to the enemy to buy your life.

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Le salut se doibt acheter.

LXXXV.

Le Byevre, qui Castor s’appelle,
Des veneurs, & des chiens pressť,
Aux dens ses genitaulx expelle:
Car pour aultre bien n’est chassť.
Ce mal rend plusgrand mal passť.
Sur quoy le prudent peult entendre,
Qu’il fault quicter bien amassť,
Premier que grand peril attendre.

Notes:

1.This is based on Aesop, Fables 153, where the same moral is drawn. For the information about the beaver, see Pliny, Natural History 8.47.109; Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines) 12.2.21.


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