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In facilč ą virtute desciscentes.

Easily deflected from the right course

Parva velut limax remora spreto[1] impete venti,
Remorumque ratem sistere sola potest.
Sic quosdam ingenio & virtute ad sydera vectos,
Detinet in medio tramite causa levis.
Anxia lis veluti est, vel qui meretricius ardor
Egregiis iuvenes sevocat ą studiis.[2]

Just as the little slug, the remora, scorning the impetus of wind and oars, can by itself stop a ship from moving, so some trivial reason holds back in mid-course people who through intellect and ability are on their way to the stars: for example, a worrying law-suit, or that desire for whores which entices young men away from their good studies.

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A ceulx qui facilement lais-
sent vertus.

Il est des gens, dont la nature
Est si noble heureuse & puissante,
Que silz suyvoient leur adventure,
Ilz auroient vers tout bon heur sente:
Peu de cas retient leur entente,
Com Remora grand nef tretient:
Ainsi amours proces pour rente,
Lestude a vifz espritz detient.
Aultrement.
Aulcuns vigoureux desperit
Se arrestent a petit de chose,
Ce pendent leur temps se perist,
Aux amours proces noise enclose:
Ilz laissent loix, vers latins prose,
Pour satisfaire a leur facon:
Cest comme la nef qui repose,
Par Remora petit poisson.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant - spreto Remora in 1550

2.  [FALa052] notes, Cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.231, 253.


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