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Mentem non formam plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

XLVIII.

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabr expolitum invenit humanum caput,
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solm deesset, caeteris vivisceret:
Id illa cm 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!

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Verstand giltet mehr dan hupsche.

XLVIII.

In ains bildschnitzers haw on gfer
Ein fuchs eins menschen hawpt erfand,
Woelchs so er lang bsach hin und her,
Sagt er, das ist ein wunder thand,
Das hawpt so wercklich gmacht von hand,
So schoen geziert, hat doch kayn hirn.
Offt einen [=einem] acht man gro verstand,
Den man allein siht an der stirn.

Notes:

1. Textual variant: ‘O’.

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


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