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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [L8v p176]

In Grillum.[1]

Against Grillus.

Voluptatem immanissimus quisque
sequitur lubens.

All the filthiest natures willingly follow their carnal appetites.

Qui tibi Grille feri stomachum movere parentes?
Quae te sors miseris terruit oscinibus,
Ut te immunda iuvent foedi vestigia porci,
Et renuas iterum munus obire viri?
Quem semel in turpi retinet ditione voluptas,
Huius vel gratis utitur imperiis:
Et quo plus demens eget assertore patrono,
Hoc mage blanda sui vindicis ora fugit.

From what sort of parentage, Grillus, did you come to have the tastes of a beast? What fate [or prophecy] terrified you with miserable auguries, That you take pleasure in the filthy footsteps of a dirty pig, And refuse once more to fulfil the responsibilities of a human being? The man whom hedonistic pleasures have once entrapped in their shameful powers, he will assuredly yield to its agreeable commands: And the more crazily he is in need of that benefactor to prop him up, the more he flees the pleasing face of his protector [or avenger].

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M1r p177]

NARRATIO PHILOSOPHICA.

QUemadmodum (ut inquit Cicero) iis
qui se è Leucade Epiri promontorio in con
vallem demiserumt, non omnino integrum est quo
velint insistere: ita qui se voluptatibus & animi
morbis permiserunt, neque si velint se in virtutis
libertatem possint asserere, neque opinor si pos-
sint, velint. Tanta est enim apud nonnullos volu-
ptatis opinio, tot in ea fruenda delitiae & lenita-
tes, ut contra illam imitatricem honestatis, sapien
tiae momenta à perditis & contemeratis homini-
bis nequeant ponderari. Et plerunque accidit, ut
ei qui se totum ad eam rem applicaverit, summae
molestiae perferendae sint: & tamen in calamitate
& luctu turpitudo affert delectationem. Diony-
sium
superiorem omni crudelitatis & flagitii ge-
nere impurum, audivimus tanto metu & crucia-
tu inter suos versatum esse, ut reiecta hominum cu-
stodia, quòd illis non satis confideret, corporis tu
telam ad canes detulerit, & cultros metuens ton-
sorios, barbam sibi candente carbone adusserit. Hic
igitur tantum ex sceleribus suis fructum capie-
bat, ut sordes & vitae indignitatem lubens & cla-
de & periculo capitis sui aestimaret: neque à malè
agendo propinqui discriminis reputatione pos-
set revocari. Qui si virtutis formam oculis cor-
poreis potuisset contueri, credendum est volu-
ptatem vel illius suffragio facilè dignitati fuisse
concessuram.

Notes:

1.  Gryllus was one of the companions of Ulysses turned into swine by Circe. This dialogue comes from Plutarch, a dialogue between Odysseus and Gryllus, or “Whether the Beasts have the Use of Reason” in the Moralia.



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