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XX.

LIVOR TABIFICUM MALIS VE-
nenum.

OMne peccatum vitioso homini aliquam speciem utilitatis
aut delectationis adferre videtur. Fur ex suis rapinis emo-
lumenta sua facere se credit, & suas facultates augere. Qui ini-
micitiis & irae suae indulget, in eum quem odit saeviens, suam ex-
plet inclementiam. Libidinosus, si suis amoribus potiatur, fe-
licissimum omnium hominum se asserit: multi inveniuntur
qui voluptatibus vitam posthabuere. Piger, cm otio & luxu
diffluit, nonne se Deorum vitam aemulari iactitat?[1] Et qui gulae
deditus est, quis eum credat velle suam turpitudinem, effrae-
nesque ventris cupiditates cum omni Philosophiae studio per-
mutare? Ita de omnibus vitiis iudicari potest. Sola invidia sibi
ipsi supplicium est, gehenna, & carnificina: suo veneno mar-
cescit, cor suum rodit & conficit. Nihilque in suis cruciatibus
consolationis recipit, nisi brevem, ac cito evanescentem in a-
lieno infortunio laetitiam: quod exiguum est lucellum, si con-
feratur cum eo dolore, quo ringitur & conficitur ex felici for-
tuna eorum quibus invidet. Invidia Siculi non invenere ty-
ranni
maius tormentum.[2] Prob hoc Diis immortalibus
comparatum est, ut invidus suo veneno contabe-
scat, sibique supplicium ad-
struat.

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XX.

Domitio Faino Veronensi.[3]

LIVOR TABIFICUM MALIS VENENUM.

Envy is a poison, corrosive with evil

OMne malos vitium iuvat, aut delectat: habetque
Quas ad perniciem conserat illecebras.
Sola sibi pestem diris cruciatibus infert:
Suppliciumque sibi concitat invidia.

Every vice helps wrongdoers or brings them pleasure; and it has allurements which it transforms into destruction. Envy alone brings ruin [lit. plague] to itself, with terrible torment, and produces torture for itself.

Notes:

1. Corrected from the Errata.

2. The Sicilian tyrants alluded to here (made clear in the French edition), are Dionysius I of Syracuse, and Phalaris of Agrigentum, both famous for their cruelty.

3. Domitius Fainus, or Famus, from Verona, a friend of the author from his days in Padua, where he died of the plague in 1576.



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