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Ce phantastiq a dequoy sustenter
Ses appetits, s’ils estoyent raisonnables:
Mais comme fol s’ayme mieux contenter
De vivres peincts, plaisans, non profitables.
On void tels cas aujourd’hui deplorables,
En maints gentils & sublimes espris,
Qui se paissans de mensonges & fables
La verité solide ont en mespris.

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PROPTEREA CAPTIVUS
DUCTUS EST POPULUS[1]

Therefore my people are gone into captivity

xxxvii.

Heu volucres nimium petulanti in pectore sensus,
Frivola cům veris utiliora putant.
Futilibus solida haut capitur sapientia nugis:
Nec pictis dapibus pellitur esuries.

Alas, too many fleeting sensations in the wanton breast when they find frivolous things more useful than true ones. Solid Wisdom is not grasped in futile trifles; nor is hunger banished by painted banquets.

Notes:

1.  Isaiah 5:13



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