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Homo homini Deus.

Man is a god to man.

Ex Plutarcho.[1]

After Plutarch.

Dum gemit imposito bos pondere, dumque camelum
In partem accepti muneris ire rogat,
Denegat ingratus socias in pondera vires,
Et veteris foedus negligit hospitii.[2]
Verùm ubi tot miserum iuga compressere iuvencum,
Cum bove & illius ferre iubetur onus.
Si potes obsequium repetenti confer amico,
Et meritis hominem demeare [=demereari] tuis.

When the ox was complaining of the weight that had been put on him, and asked the camel to take some of the weight for him [lit. to go in (i.e. to undergo) part of the accepted burden], the ungrateful [camel] refused to shoulder the burden for his friend [lit. refused friendly strength for the weight], and neglected the ancient contract of hospitality. But when the oh so wretched beast could bear the yoke no longer, [the camel] was ordered to carry not only the ox’s burden but the ox too! If you can, oblige a friend who asks for it, and win the favour of the man with your kindness.

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NARRATIO PHILOSOPHICA.

SIcut deorum & hominum causa creatum
esse mundum philosophorum semper consen-
sus fuit: ita & hominem hominis causa. Ut enim ea

quae vicissitudine anniversaria terra marique pro
creantur, hominum utilitatibus inserviunt: & tan-
ta est in nos naturae benignitas, ut etiam ex iis quae
ad nocendum facta sunt, aliquis fructus capi pos-
sit: sic par rerum fruendarum commoditas & gra-
tia quam à Deo immortali accepimus, homini ab
homine referenda est. Nam aequalium studiis & ne-
gotiis deesse cum opus erit, tam certè contra natu-
ram est, quàm contra Evangelicas cautiones: ad
quarum praescriptum qui se applicaverit, non ef-
ficiet, ut aut in referendis beneficiis fidem à se suam,
aut collocandis, liberalitatem requiri patiatur.
Quia autem in externis rebus ex vulgi sententia,
potissimum fortuna dominatur, iis qui tempori-
bus valent animadvertendum erit, ne cuius ever-
sam afflictamque fortunam aspernentur: sed eos
opibus suis tueri debebunt, à quibus fortuna utrin-
que commutata se magnopere cuperent in eodem
genere sustentari. Nam secundis illorum rebus ad
inopiam redactis, eveniet ut quod in hominum
eventis propè consuetum est, illis in poena & fla-
gitio deputetur.

Notes:

1.  The story comes from On the Preservation of Health, 27. It is known in various other versions, including a fable of Aesop (about an ox and a donkey).

2.  I.e. guest-friendship (Greek, ξενία) the code of hospitality to friends and strangers.



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