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PIETAS FILIORUM IN
parentes.

Honour from children towards parents

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Per medios hosteîs patriae cum ferret ab igne,
Aeneas humeris dulce parentis onus.
Parcite dicebat, vobis sene adorea rapto
Nulla erit, erepto sed patre summa mihi.[1]

When Aeneas was carrying the dear burden of his father on his shoulders through the midst of the enemy, out of the flames destroying his homeland, he kept saying: Spare us. Carrying off an old man will bring you no glory; but carrying my father to safety will be the greatest glory for me.

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1.  This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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Contre felicité peu durable.

PROSOPOPOEIE.

Aupres d’un pin une cocourbe creut,
Et largement fueilles, fruyct, & fleur heut.
L’ors quand du Pin, les branches surpassoit:
Plus que tout arbre estre grande pensoit.
Le Pin luy dict. Ta gloire est par trop courte:
L’hyver viendra qui te destruira toute.

La gloire fondée sur choses peu durables, est vanité,
ou vaine gloire, qui tombe incontinent en honte, &
despris, comme se glorifier de beaulté, qui tost deflo-
rit: de sante & richesse, que tost perit: d’estat, qui ne du
re gueres, & du quel facilement on peut estre demis.


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