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EMBLEMA LXIIII.

Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse ne
provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

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Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas,
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus.
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per arces,
Me nisi paupertas infida[2] deprimeret.

My right hand holds a rock, the other bears wings. As the feathers lift me, so the heavy weight drags me down. By my mental gifts I could have flown through the heights of heaven, if treacherous poverty did not hold me back.

Das LXIIII.

Armut verhindert viel gute Köpff daß sie
nicht hinfür kommen.

An einer Hand hangt mir ein Stein
An der ander leichtfettig rein
Was dfechtig heben mich in dhöch
Das truckt zu boden der Stein göch
Ich kündt mit meim verstandt und sin
Die freyen Künst lehrnen durch hin
So mich nicht nidertrucken thet
Die uberlistig Armut stet.

Notes:

1.  For the sentiment cf. Juvenal, Satires 3.164-5: ‘it is hard for people to rise when straitened circumstances stand in the way of their natural abilities.’

2.  Other versions have ‘invida’.


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