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Impossibile.

The impossible

LXXXIIII.

Abluis Aethiopem quid frustra? ah desine, noctis
Illustrare nigrae nemo potest tenebras.[1]

Why are you washing an Ethiopian in vain? Oh, do stop. No one can turn the shades of black night into light.

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Unmuglich.

LXXXIIII.

Man wasch ein Moren lang und wol,
Hilfft es alles nicht umb ein har:
Die nacht so finsternu▀ ist vol,
Mag durch kain liecht nit werden klar:
Der gleichen nim dier eben war,
Naturlich laster, oder sunst
Lang zeit veraltt, wierd nimer gar
Au▀gelescht, was man brauch fur kunst.

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1. áThis is a translation of Anthologia graeca 11.428. See also Aesop, Fables 11; Erasmus, Adagia 350, Aethiopen lavas.


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  • (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilit´┐Ż humana, Fugacit´┐Ż delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanit´┐Ż (Ripa) [11R5] Search | Browse Iconclass
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