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IN FACILE A VIRTUTE
desciscentes.

Easily deflected from the right course

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Parva velut limax remora spreto[1] impeti venti,
Remorumque ratem sistere sola potest.
Si [=Sic] quosdam ingenio & virtute ad sydera vectos,
Detinet in medio tramite causa levis.
Anxia lis veluti est, vel qui meretricius ardor,
Egregiis iuvenes sevocat à studiis.[2]

Just as the little slug, the remora, scorning the impetus of wind and oars, can by itself stop a ship from moving, so some trivial reason holds back in mid-course people who through intellect and ability are on their way to the stars: for example, a worrying law-suit, or that desire for whores which entices young men away from their good studies.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: spreto Remora.

2.  [A34a053] notes, Cf. Erasmus, Parabolae pp.231, 253.


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L’entendement est plus à priser,
que la beaulté.

Un fin Regnard chez un jongleur entra,
Ou une teste humaine rencontra,
Faicte, & polie, en forme si nayve,
Qu’il n’y falloit que l’ame: au reste vive.
Quand il la tint, il dist ce mot nouveau.
O quel beau chef: mais point n’ha de cerveau.[1]

La parolle de ce regnard (qui signifie quelque fin
homme) se peut adresser à maintz, & maintes per-
sonnes, qui ont belle forme, & apparence d’homme:
mais au dedans sont de nul sens, & raison.

Notes:

1.  See Phaedrus, Fables 1.7; Aesop, Fables 43.


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