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Mentis inops quanta rerum caligine versor,
Dum stolidus pontem, quo vehor, ipse seco,
Nubila mens hominum & venturae nescia sortis
Saepius est proprii maxima caussa mali.

‘What a fool I am, upturning matters in great ignorance, as I stupidly saw away the very bridge on which I stand! The mind of man is often overcast and knows not what the future will bring; it is often the greatest cause of its own suffering.’

quatrain.

Coupant le pont, ou mon corps se soustient,
Je prens grand peine faire mon dommage:
Mais seul ne suys, car tel erreur detient
La plus grand part de tout l’humain lignage.


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