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Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse
ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

XV.

Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas.
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus,
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per arces,
Me nisi paupertas invida deprimeret.

My right hand holds a rock, the other bears wings. As the feathers lift me, so the heavy weight drags me down. By my mental gifts I could have flown through the heights of heaven, if malign poverty did not hold me back.

Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[C8r p47]

Armuet verhindert manchen kluegen
verstand, das er nit furkumbt.

XV.

Mein rechte hannd ein stayn beschwert,
Die linck erhocht ein feder ring:
Der stayn zeucht doch so vast zu erd,
Das ich mich nit in dhoch erschwing.
Was zaygt unn▀ an ein solich ding?
Mancher ist wol geborn zu kunst,
Die in zu hochen ehren bring,
Doch so er arm, ists alls umb sunst.

Notes:

1. áFor the sentiment cf. Juvenal, Satires 3.164-5: ‘it is hard for people to rise when straitened circumstances stand in the way of their natural abilities.’


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