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Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse
ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

Dextra tenet lapidem, manus altera sustinet alas,
Ut me pluma levat, sic grave mergit onus.
Ingenio poteram superas volitare per arces,
Me nisi paupertas invida 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 malign poverty did not hold me back.

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Povrete empesche les grandz
esperitz quilz ne soient
eslevez.

Sans la pierre a mon bras pendant
Je pourroys haultement voler:
Car la plume ay beaucoup me aydant,
Pour en hault lieu me consoler:
Beaucoup donc me dois desoler,
Quand mon cueur a malheur si rude,
Quil se veult de scavoir saouler,
Et na pour frequenter lestude.

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.’


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