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IN VITAM HUMANAM.

On human life

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Plus solito humanae nunc defle incomoda vitae
Heraclite, scatet pluribus illa malis.
Tu rursus, si quando alias extolle[1] cachinnum,
Democrite, illa magis ludicra facta fuit.
Interea haec cernens meditor, qua denique tecum.
Fine fleam, aut tecum quomodo splene iocer.[2]

Weep now, Heraclitus, even more than you did, for the ills of human life. It teems with far more woes. And you, Democritus, if ever you laughed before, raise your cackle now. Life has become more of a joke. Meanwhile, seeing all this, I consider just how far I can weep with you, how laugh bitterly with you.

Notes:

1.  Corrected from the Errata, and also corrected by hand in this copy.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.148. For Heraclitus, cf. [A50a016]. For the contrast between the despairing tears of Heraclitus (who withdrew from human society) and the sardonic laughter of Democritus when faced with the folly of men, see, among many sources, e.g. Juvenal, Satires 10, 28ff.


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Savans, contre savans, ne doibvent parler.

Apostrophe.

Pourquoy prens tu la Cigale, Hirondelle
A tes petitz pour donner repast d’elle?[1]
Quand toutes deux vous estes creatures,
En lieu, temps, chant, vol, de mesmes natures.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [P2v p228] Laisse la donq’ Car c’est faict invident.
Les eloquens, l’ung sur l’aultre avoir dent.

Par ung vulgaire proverbe on dict: que
quand ung loup mage [=mange] l’aultre, c’est mau
vaise saison. Aussi est ce une grande vil-
lennie: quand ung homme savant, & elo-
quent, detracte d’ung aultre semblable:
Ce que entendoit Pythagoras, defendant
de recevoir l’hirondelle en sa maison.
Pource qu’elle devore la Cigale volati
le amie des Muses, & chanterelle vernal
le: elle estant de mesme qualite.

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1.  The reference is to the legend of Procne’s metamorphosis into a swallow. See [A58a064]. For swallows catching cicadas, see Aelian, De natura animalium 8.6.


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  • Similarity, Likeness [51B2] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • Philomela, Procne and Tereus changed into nightingale, swallow, hoopoe (or hawk): Tereus seeks to kill Philomela and Procne for having slain his son; in their flight the two sisters are changed into a nightingale and a swallow; Tereus is changed into a ho [97DD23] Search | Browse Iconclass

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