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AVANT LA FIN, NUL N’EST
heureux.

NUl n’est, pendant qu’il vit, de tout poinct bien-heureux:
La fin rend du bon-heur asseuré tesmoignage:
Si tu as sans peril franchy le premier aage,
Garde que le suyvant ne soit plus dangereux.

Croese avoit, de bon-heur, un tresor innombreux,
Et du ciel luy dura longtemps ce doux visage:
Mais en fin le Destin, qui le guette au passage,
Le soubmet au vouloir de Cyre valeureux.[1]

Tant plus aigre luy est l’injure inopinée,
Qu’il a dans le brasier à peu prés terminée
La muable grandeur de sa felicité.

Le mal-heur suyt le bien de routte vagabonde:
Alternatives sont les choses de ce monde:
Et rien n’est stable icy que l’instabilité.

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Ad Nicolaum Clementem Trelaeum Vizelisium.[2]

ΟΛΒΙΟC ΕΙC ΤΕΛΟC ΟΥΔΕΙC.

Before the end no-one is happy/blest

ANte obitum qui se felicem dicier optat,
Vera esse à prisco dicta Solone negat:
Quae deplorando Croesus sub fine probavit,
Cum foret ardenti mors subeunda pyrâ.

He who chooses to be called happy/blest before his death denies the true words spoken by Solon many years ago: words which Croesus tested when he bemoaned his end when death was to be endured on a burning pyre.

Notes:

1.  According to Herodotus, Croesus, the famously wealthy king of Lydia in Asia Minor, was captured by Cyrus II, the King of Persia, but remembered the words of the philosopher Solon about the fickleness of good fortune as he was about the be burnt alive - Cyrus was impressed by the words, and further by the seemingly divine rain that delivered Croesus from the pyre, spared his life, and made him one of his own counsellors.

2.  Nicolas Clément de Trêles: poet and old friend of Boissard’s from Vézelay; secretary of the Duc d’Anjou (the future Henri III).


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