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Section: FORTUNA (Fortune, good or bad). View all emblems in this section.

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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

AŰriam propter crevisse Cucurbita pinum
Dicitur: & grandi luxuriasse coma.
C¨m ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus: Nimi¨m brevis est haec gloria. nam te
Protinus adveniet quae malŔ perdet hyems.

A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.


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