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Divina humanis non temere miscenda.

Divine things and human should not be rashly mixed.

Scribunt Deos, qui more hominum pios
Lugere, coenas lautaque prandia
Sequi, timere quod doletque:
Nulla fides tribuenda fictis,
Vani poëtae talia praedicant.
Deum severis isti & honoribus
Privant, Polis terrena miscent,
Poena sed hos rapiet luenda.
Divina praestat viribus infimis
Adiungier, nam conveniunt magis.
Rectè Plato caecum refutat
Ergo suum sapiens Homerum.

They write of Gods who, in the way of men, mourn piously, and go to parties and elaborate feasts. It pains me to fear such a thing! No trust should be placed in fictions: silly poets say these things. These men deprive the gods of their serious honours, and mix the earthly with the heavens, but a punishment to be served will seize them. It makes sense to attach divinity to the most inferior strength, for they suit each other better. Wise Plato, therefore, rightly refuted his blind Homer.



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