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LA VIE.

De la Vie humaine.

APOSTROPHE.

Pleure (Heraclit) la vie de ce monde:
Car plus en mal que jamais elle abonde.
Ry Democrit, si tu ris onquesmais:
Car plus y ha mocquer que jamais.
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [M4v p184]Cela voyant ne say que faire doy,
Avec toy rire, ou plorer avec toy.[1]

Heraclit perdit les yeulx force
de plorer les calamitez du mon-
de, Democrit se fendit la gueul
le jusque aulx oreilles, force
de rire des follies du monde. Or
est il encore doubte s’il y ha
plus plorer, ou plus ha rire, des
maulx, ou des follies qui y sont,
ou lequel estoit le plus sage,
ou le plus fol des deux.

Notes:

1. This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [FALb016]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.


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