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In momentaneam felicitatem.

Transitory success

EMBLEMA CXXV.

Aeriam propter crevisse cucurbita pinum
Dicitur, & grandi luxuriasse coma:
Cum ramos complexa, ipsumque egressa cacumen,
Se praestare aliis credidit arboribus.
Cui pinus: Nimium brevis est haec gloria; nam te,
Protinus adveniet, quae malè perdet, hyems.

A gourd, it is said, grew beside a lofty pine and flourished with abundant foliage. When it had enveloped the branches and grown taller than the tree-top, it then thought itself superior to the other trees. The pine said to it: This glory is exceedingly brief. For winter will shortly come which will utterly destroy you.


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In una breve felicità.

On brief happiness.


Crebbe la zucca a tanta altezza, ch’ella
A un’altissimo pin passò la cima;
E mentre abbraccia in questa parte e in quella
I rami suoi superba oltre ogni stima:
Il Pin sen rise, e a lei cosi favella,
Breve è la gloria tua: perche non prima
Verrà il verno di nevi & ghiaccio cinto,
Che fia ogni tuo vigor del tutto estinto.


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  • winter, 'Hyems'; 'Inverno' (Ripa) [23D41] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Turn of Fate, Wheel of Fortune (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54F121(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • Arrogance; 'Arroganza' (Ripa) [57AA644] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Honour, Glory; 'Ampiezza della Gloria', 'Gloria', 'Gloria de prencipi', 'Gloria & Honore', 'Honore', 'Sublimatà della Gloria' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [59B31(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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