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Le clair soleil ny la torche en la main
A un aveugle en rien n’est proufitable,
Le livre ouvert aussi tient il en vain:
Car il ne sait si c’est mensonge ou fable.
Cecy vous soit donques à tous notable,
Qu’à l’oeil obscur tout est obscurité.
L’ignorant donc ne doit estre croyable:
Car il ne voit goutte à la verité.

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RES
OMNES
CAECIS
SUNT
TENE
BRAE

To the blind, all things are dark

xxxvi.

Quid faculam tibi laeva, librum quid dextra revoluit?
Cùm nihil exocula cernere fronte queas.
Stulte, putas verum Sophiae tibi fulgere lumen:
Sed tua mens, Veri nescia, luce caret.

Why does your left hand hold up a torch before you, and your right a book? since you can see nothing from a head without eyes. Foolish man, you think that the true light of Wisdom will shine at you: but your mind/soul, ignorant of the Truth, is deprived of light.



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