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MENTEM NON FORMAM
plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabre expolitum invenit humanum caput.
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solum deesset, caeteris vivesceret,
Id illa cum sumpsisset in manus ait,
Hoc[1] quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[2]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

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1.  Textual variant: O.

2.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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Mentem non formam plus pollere.

Intelligence matters, not beauty

XLVIII.

Ingressa vulpes in Choragi pergulam,
Fabrë expolitum invenit humanum caput,
Sic eleganter fabricatum, ut spiritus
Solùm deesset, caeteris vivisceret:
Id illa cùm sumpsisset in manus, ait:
Hoc[1] quale caput est, sed cerebrum non habet.[2]

A fox, entering the store-room of a theatrical producer, found an actor’s mask, skilfully shaped, so finely fashioned that the spirit alone was missing, in all else it seemed alive. Taking it up, the fox addressed it - What a head is this, but it has no brain!

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [G6r p107]

Le Sens plus requis que Beaulté.

XLVIII.

Une teste faicte de marbre,
Fut ung jour de Regnart trouvée,
En passant par dessoubz ung arbre,
Laquelle il eust tantost levée:
Voicy teste bien achevée,
Dist il, & d’ung art moult nouveau:
Mais elle est en ung poinct grevée,
Car elle n’a poinct de cerveau.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: O.

2.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7 (also in iambic senarii); Aesop, Fables 43.


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