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Il fault oster Paresse.

APOSTROPHE.

Quiconque oyseux vis au jour la journée[1]
(Pythagoras defense en ha donnée)
Leve toy doncque: metz à labeur la main,
Affin d’avoir vivre pour l’endemain.

Paresse est à fuyr, qui ne regarde que le prae-
sent, & Diligence est à suyvir, qui pourvoit à l’avenir.

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1.  This saying, which became a proverbial expression of idleness, is quoted in various ancient sources (e.g. Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride10). A bushel was a day’s ration of corn, and ‘to sit on the bushel-box’ (a container holding a bushel measure, and convenient in size for sitting on) meant to be idle and improvident, leaving tomorrow to take care of itself, since today was provided for.


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