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IN EUM QUI SIBI IPSI[1]
damnum apparat.

One who brings about his own downfall

Capra lupum non sponte meo nunc ubere lacto,
Quod malè pastoris provida cura iubet.[2]
Creverit ille simul, mea me post ubera pascet,
Improbitas nullo flectitur obsequio.[3]

I am a goat giving suck against my will - to a wolf. The improvident kindness of the shepherd makes me do this. Once the wolf has grown, after feeding at my teats, he will then eat me. Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: ipsi is omitted in some editions.

2.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.47. For the content cf. Aesop, Fables 313-5.

3.  ‘Wickedness is never deterred by services rendered’. See Erasmus, Adagia 1086, Ale luporum catulos.


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In aulicos.

On Courtiers

CXI.

Vana Palatinos quos educat[1] aula clientes,
Dicitur auratis nectere compedibus.

The court, so full of vanities, supports the palace entourage, but binds them with fetters of gold, it is said.

COMMENTARIA.

Qui in Regum Principumve Aulis educun-
ter & nutriuntur, hi quidem spendidè vivunt,
comedunt ac bibunt lautissimè, vestiuntur ma-
gnificè, incedunt superbè, adeoque ut eorum feli-
cissima videatur vita. Interim tamen sui iuris
non sunt, nec ingenuè liberi imò aureis vin-
culis colligati dici possunt, quos reprehendit
Seneca inquiens, stulti esse compedes suas
quamvis aureas amare, hinc Aulicorum con-
ditio in proverbium abiit, Aureae compedes.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: ‘ducat’


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  • (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilit� humana, Fugacit� delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanit� (Ripa) [11R5] Search | Browse Iconclass
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