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In momentaneam felicita-
tem.

Transitory success

LXVIII.

Aëriam propter crevisse Cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma.
Cùm ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus, Nimium brevis est haec gloria: nam te
Protinus adveniet quae malè perdat[1] 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.

COMMENTARIA.

Cucurbita natura sublimitatis avida, hyemem
odit maximè, de qua Plinius li. 19. cap. 5. Nasce-
batur prope pinum arborem altissimam, latis
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [h3v p118]abundans foliis, cumque ramos pini amplexa
esset ac tandem summitatem arboris excrevis-
set, superbire coepit, omniumque arborum se
praestantiorem & excellentiorem gloriabatur
cui pinus respondit, Nimis, ô bone, brevis est
haec tua gloria, cito enim adveniens hyems
radicibus te extinguet, hic Apologus desum-
ptus est ex Crinito lib. 2. cap. 14. de honesta
disciplina, fabulis etiam Aesopi insertus. Non
superbiendum ob prosperae fortunae, quae in-
constans est, fubitum eventum.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: perdet.


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  • Honour, Glory; 'Ampiezza della Gloria', 'Gloria', 'Gloria de prencipi', 'Gloria & Honore', 'Honore', 'Sublimat� della Gloria' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [59B31(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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