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PRUDENTES VINO AB-
STINENT.

The wise abstain from wine

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Quid me vexatis rami? sum Palladis arbor[1],
Auferte hinc botros, virgo fugit bromium[2].

Branching vine, why do you trouble me? I am the tree of Pallas. Take your grapes away - this maiden shrinks from Bromius.

Notes:

1.  ‘the tree of Pallas’, i.e. the olive tree; ([A50a023]). Vines were often trained up trees for support; cf. ([A31a012]).

2.  Bromius was a name for Bacchus, god of wine.


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MATURANDUM.

Making good speed

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Maturare iubent propere & cunctarier omnes
Ne nimium praeceps neu mora longa nimis
Hoc tibi declaret connexum echneide[1] telum
Haec tarda est, volitant spicula missa manu.

Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back - not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

Notes:

1.  ‘linked with a sucking fish’. The sucking-fish (echeneis or remora) was a creature believed by the ancients to have the power of slowing the course of ships to which it attached itself. See Pliny, Natural History 32.1.2-6. He describes it as about six inches long and like a slug. See also [A31a050].


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