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IN VITAM HUMANAM.

On human life

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

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.  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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Contre les Retrayeurs de brigandz.

APOSTROPHE.

Larrons, brigandz suycte d’armes garnie
Te faict par ville (O Pompard) compaignie.
Ainsi prodigue estre anobly tu penses
Par telz mauvais. qui suyvent pour leurs panses:
Puys qu’ainsi has prins cornes: De tes chiens
Mangé seras, comme Acteon des siens.[1]

On fainct Acteon avoir esté mué en cerf, & mangé
par ses propres chiens. Ainsi ceulx, qui pour contre-
faire les nobles, entretiennent espadaciers, & levent
les cornes d’oultrecuidance, deviennent serfz à leurs
gens, & leur bien est finalement par iceulx consommé.

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1.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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