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In avaros.

On the avaricious

LI.

Septitius populos inter ditissimus omnes,
Arva senex nullus quo magis ampla tenet,
Defraudans geniumque suum, mensasque paratas,
Nil praeter betas, duraque rapa vorat.
Cui similem dicam hunc, inopem quem copia reddit,
An ne asino? sic est, instar hic eius habet.
Namque asinus dorso preciosa obsonia gestat,
Seque rubo, aut dura carice pauper alit.[1]

Septitius is the richest man on earth; no old man has wider estates than he. Mean to himself and his dinner table, he chews nothing but beets and stringy turnips. To what shall I liken a man whose very wealth makes him a beggar? Shall it be an ass? That’s it - he is just like an ass. An ass carries a load of rich delicacies on his back, but, poor creature, feeds itself on brambles and tough grass.

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Wider der geitigen.

LI.

Ein man der hat vil hab und guet,
Doch so geitzig und karg darbey,
Das er nimer hat gueten muet,
Und sparts als ob es heylgtumb sey,
Gleicht sich eimm Esel wunder frey,
Dem alltag wird sein ruck beschwert
Mit koestlicher spey▀ mancherley,
Und sich doch rauher distel nert.

Notes:

1. áCf. Anthologia graeca 11.397, concerning a miser called Artemidorus.


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