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Prudentes vino abstinent.

The wise abstain from wine

Quid me vexatis rami? sum Palladis arbor[1],
Auferte hinc botros, virgo fugit Bromium[2].

Branching vine, why do you trouble me? I am the tree of Pallas. Take your grapes away - this maiden shrinks from Bromius.

Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[G8r p111]

Les prudens se abstiennent de vin.

Quand a moy ton ramage arrive,
Je men fasche, entends tu bien vigne:
Larbre de Pallas suis Lolive,
Qui me veulx rendre a vierge digne:
Laisse donc mon estat insigne,
Me ostant tes raisins & sarment.
Fille aymant de vertus la ligne,
Fuyt le vin, & vit sobrement.

Notes:

1.‘the tree of Pallas’, i.e. the olive tree; ([A50a023]). Vines were often trained up trees for support; cf. ([A39a012]).

2.Bromius was a name for Bacchus, god of wine.


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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!

Notes:

1.Textual variant: O.

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


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