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Avaritia.

Avarice

Emblema lxxxiiii.

Heu miser in mediis sitiens stat Tantalus undis,
Et poma esuriens proxima, habere nequit.
Nomine mutato de te id dicetur avare,
Qui, quasi non habeas, non frueris quod habes.[1]

Alas, poor Tantalus stands thirsting in the midst of waters, nor can he, for all his hunger, get the fruit close by. Miser, change the name and this will apply to you, since you get no more enjoyment out of what you have than if you didn’t have it.

AB Horatio & Petronio Arbitro sumpta haec ima-
go Tantali, de avaro intelligitu magnas inter o-
pes inope, qui hac in vita iam suos manes patitur,
cuķque nihil aliud mali optare possis, nisi ut vivat
diu.

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Marque d’Avarice.

VOis au milieu d’une eau Tantale miserable,
De grande soif transy: les pommes prez de soy,
Qu’il ne peut attraper: Avare insatiable,
Si on change le nom, cecy est dit de toy,
Qui crains de despenser en espargnant ton bien.
Ainsi pauvre chetif, tu as, & si n’as rien.

CE pourtrait de Tantale, est prins d’Ho-
race
, & de Petronius Arbiter: ce que
s’entend de l’avare, qui est pauvre emmy ses
richesses, & lequel en ceste vie endure des-
ja son enfer: auquel pour ce regard on ne
peust rien souhaiter de pire, sinon qu’il vive
longuement.

Notes:

1.  quasi non habeas, non frueris quod habes: ‘you get no more enjoyment out of what you have than if you didn’t have it’. Cf. Tam deest avaro quod habet quam quod non habet, ‘the miser is deprived of what he has as much as what he has not’, a well-known proverb of Publilius Syrus, quoted e.g. in Quintilian, Institutio oratoria, 8.5.5. See Erasmus, Adagia, 1514 (Tantali poenae).


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