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Paupertatem summis ingeniis obesse,
ne provehantur.[1]

Poverty prevents the advancement of the best of abilities

Emblema cxx.

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.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q12r f168r]

ADolescentis est ingeniosi prosopopaeia, quae
multis aliis est communis, quibus fi quid suppe-
teret ad studiorum progressum, non sanè ita haere-
rent in pulvere, sed ad summos doctrinae apices eve-
herentur. Lapis hîc impedimentum inopia, alae ve-
rò ingenii dexteritatem notant.

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Que pauvreté est cause que les bons
esprits ne sont advancez.

A ma dextre pend la pierre,
Qui me tire contre terre,
Mais l’autre main vole en-haut:
Et comme l’aile me porte,
La grosse pierre plus forte
En bas me donne le sault.
Un grand fruict j’eusse peu faire,
Et parvenir à grand gloire
Avec ma d’exterité [=dexterité] ,
N’eust esté que ma jeunesse
A senty par trop d’oppresse
Une grande pauvreté.

ICy est representee la complainte d’un
jeune homme de bon esprit, laquelle est
commune à beaucoup d’autres, qui ne demeu-
reroient ainsi dans la pouldre, s’ils avoient
les moyens pour faire leurs estudes, ains par-
viendroient à la congnoissance des grandes
doctrines. Icy la pierre signifie l’empesche-
ment qui vient de pauvreté: les ailes sont
pour la dexterité d’esprit.

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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